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FOXTROT

Genesis

 

Symphonic Prog

4.60 | 3264 ratings

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Luqueasaur
5 stars The fox on the rocks surpassed the musical box: 9/10

FOXTROT presents us a more mature and well-produced GENESIS, with talented, incomparable musicianship. One of the most interesting characteristics of this album is that every instrument is highlighted, although there's a distinctive emphasis on the keyboard, which overflows.

Watcher of the Skies is an airy, light and yet an astoundingly powerful performance with superb contribution from all five musicians, especially Mike Rutherford's magnificent bass line and Tony Banks' ethereal Mellotron. Time Table is melodic and profound, typical characteristics of the Peter Gabriel era. Get 'em Out by Fridayis a conceptual and sarcastic tale - those lads were some cynical ones... Can-Utility and Coastlinersis an indication of what GENESIS was going to develop into (on SELLING), going so forth as to introduce pieces that would be reused subsequently on Battle of Epping Forest and The Cinema Show. Tony Banks and Steve Hackett excels expectations as they accompany and sometimes lead along Peter Gabriel's serpent-charming voice on an energetic, complex and, simply put, classical GENESIS song. Horizons could easily be confused as a Baroque acoustic track. The trace elements of Bach's music is whopping, and although short, it is just as lovable as Bourrée in D Minor. It also has some high pitch picks that resembles YES' Roudabout's intro. Hehe.

SUPPER'S READY lacks words to be described, it is an absurd epic full of nuances and emotions that touch deeply our hearts and intertwine with our souls inseparably. It is truly, in a certain way, a journey. It features progressive rock's greatest technical moment: the legendary polyrhythmic and paradigmatic Apocalypse in 9/8 - an imitation of Keith Emerson's style on ELP, according to Banks -, the track's mindbogglingly complex interpretation of apocalyptic chaos. They did all of this is in 1972. Needless to say, it is a symbolic juggernaut for its influence shaped immensely the streams of the genre.

Particularly, FOXTROT features key content for understanding the early GENESIS era; I'm honestly not much fond of the album, but similar to what I did on my TARKUS review, a single song makes me consider this an essential album, and not necessarily the quality of the record in its entirety. It's impossible to pretend to listen to Supper's Ready is not imperative.

Luqueasaur | 5/5 |

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