Genesis
Trespass


3.5
great

Review

by Thomas Bambaataa Ghidrah Towers USER (67 Reviews)
October 3rd, 2005 | 30 replies


Release Date: 1970 | Tracklist


Trespass was the beginning of Genesis' wild wacky journey into progressive rock. Many Genesis fans ignore the fact that they had an album before this. From Genesis to Revelation was their debut, and was a pop album, and to 70s Genesis fans, that means crap. But that wasn't Genesis' last venture into pop. After two key members of Genesis (Peter Gabriel, to name one) in the mid seventies, drummer/occasional vocalist Phil Collins took over. And Genesis once again became what their fans disliked so much. So, with a fresh line-up and probably some uncertainty, Genesis made their first prog rock album.

Trespass is a much calmer album than later Genesis works. One of the reasons could be because Steve Hackett had not joined Genesis yet, a tremendous guitarist, whose sound added a lot to Genesis' stuff. He joined on the album's successor Nursery Cryme where Genesis had established a classic line-up. Like many Genesis albums, Trespass is very keyboard driven, probably one of the first prog bands to be so keyboard oriented. Sometimes the keyboards make the music a bit boring, sometimes it gives the music a breath of life. Either way, it's almost always the 'lead' instrument on Trespass. Tony Banks' organ, piano and Mellotron playing is definitely at the top of Genesis' arsenal on this album. Visions of Angels is a perfect example, everything else is outshined in this very angelic, orchestral song. John Mayhew's drumming is also very notable on Trespass, accompanying Banks on his ascending organ runs. Ironically though, Banks doesn't make very complicated keyboard arrangements, adding further to the fact that Genesis were not fully established as a progressive band.

As mentioned before, this LP doesn't deliver too much guitar-wise. White Mountain is lead by an acoustic guitar, until drowned out by the organ. It returns in the little interludes, and then fades into the background while Banks and the exceptional rhythm section work. Ironically, Anthony Phillips who played lead guitar on this album left Genesis because of stage fright. Even so, White Mountain is a very good and catchy song. Dusk, one of the most soothing songs I've ever heard, has the best showcase of acoustic guitar on Trespass, and beautiful backing voices singing with Peter Gabriel. Gabriel's vocals are probably my least favourite thing about the album, they sound very shaky and uneasy. While I think he's always had that type of characteristic in the Genesis 70s era, here it's more noticeable and bothersome. His storytelling, of course, is always top-notch, usually a medieval-based tale, which fits perfectly to the music.

Then there's The Knife. While it's probably sort of unfitting for this album, it's such a good song that it doesn't seem to matter. This song shows the best group work on the album, Phillips' guitar truly shining, the only Trespass song with his electric guitar. With a dark edge, Mayhew's frantic drumming and Banks' lively organ find a comfortable place in this Genesis classic (the only well-known song from this album.) This song definitely paved the way for future Genesis. Trespass isn't that well-known, or praised as much as later Genesis works like Foxtrot, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway or Selling England by the Pound, but is still definitely worth a listen for any Genesis fan. It didn't sell too well either when it came out, Genesis fans claim it was ahead of its time (1970 wasn't a big year in prog.) Perhaps not for Progressive fans in general, Trespass doesn't fit as a genre-defining album, but is still very good. And if you want to check some of it out, all I can say is you won't be disappointed by The Knife.

Trespass-----------------> 3.5 stars



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Zebra
Moderator
October 4th 2005


2647 Comments


I've heard of these guys before but have never heard any songs. Very nice review, and I am intruged to give these guys a listen.

pulseczar
October 4th 2005


2385 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

If you like bands like Pink Floyd or Yes then you'd probably like these guys. Their influence can be heard on modern bands like Radiohead and Porcupine Tree.

and thanks for the comment. I haven't been getting very many with my recent reviews :upset:This Message Edited On 10.04.05

the2stranger
October 5th 2005


130 Comments


prog rock for the go.

good write-up
I need to check out more Genesis

Stoic
April 30th 2006


161 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I listened to The Knife and I was impressed to say at least. It sounds like proto-power metal :eek: As for the rest of the album, I only gave it a quick listen and was kind of disappointed since I expected more songs like The Knife. Hopefully, like you said, later Genesis promises "heavier" material so I'll keep searching.

masterofpuppets8
September 8th 2009


72 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

3.6 average rating? whyyyy? this is AT LEAST a 4....

LepreCon
September 8th 2009


4152 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Too many gay people on the site who don't like Genesis

ThiagoSama
December 9th 2010


16 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I guess this album was underated on this review... Trespass is amazing. Visions of Angels, Looking for someone, The knife and Stagnation are simply some of the best Genesis songs... And they are all in this lovely work of art!!!

13themount
February 4th 2012


173 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I have a soft spot for this record; prefer this to NC and, at times, FT

boleyn2
February 27th 2012


83 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

very good album; deserves solid 4; i dont agree that 'the knife' overshadows the rest of the album; in fact, it's the most energetic and recognizable moment here... still it doesnt mean it's the only song worth remembering; i'd strongly recommend visions of angels and stagnation too; in general 'trespass' may seem a little boring after first listening but it reveals many hidden gems if you give it another try

SirArthur6
January 5th 2013


179 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

White Mountain is such a good song. Still trying to decide on a rating for this.

Gard3n
February 5th 2013


296 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The average rating is ridiculous. This album is pure bliss.

NightmareCinema16
February 18th 2013


2016 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ehh, it's in between great and excellent.

Jakoffnow
March 28th 2013


12 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Visions of Angels is so nice

KILL
March 28th 2013


72090 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the knife bitch

Digging: Steve Hackett - Out of the Tunnel's Mouth

KILL
March 28th 2013


72090 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sure dude link me

Jakoffnow
March 28th 2013


12 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Visions of Angels = 5
Rest of Album = 3

dannyboy89
April 22nd 2013


12861 Comments


This isn't the best place to start with the band. That would be Duke or TLLDOB.

Necrotica
February 11th 2014


10063 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album is fantastic

YoYoMancuso
February 11th 2014


11189 Comments


brendan should i get this or Trick Of The Tail

Necrotica
February 11th 2014


10063 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Depends on what you're looking for. If you're looking for something that's more akin to classic Lamb Lies-style Genesis, Trick of the Tail is what you want. Trespass is more of a folk-influenced album, much softer than their later stuff. I really like it for its light airy atmosphere. That is, except for the Knife, which is a prog/hard rock classic to this day.



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