Genesis
Foxtrot


4.5
superb

Review

by sonictheplumber STAFF USER (107 Reviews)
December 12th, 2011 | 39 replies


Release Date: 1972 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Genesis continue to grow.

After Nursery Cryme, Genesis were reaching a creative peak and had many directions to go in. They had secured a loyal cult following that was only getting bigger, and with the growing art-rock movement being led by bands like King Crimson, Yes, and Jethro Tull, Genesis took their music to even wilder and more complex heights than before with Foxtrot.

Keeping up with tradition, Genesis did nothing but improve their sound with this album. They kept up with expanding on the ideas introduced on Nursery Cryme (which were somewhat introduced on Trespass) and took everything to a new extreme - Gabriel's lyrics show a sense of humor that would later become very apparent in his solo career, and his vocals are once again over-the-top and British and all that it was before, yet this time he has become a better singer. Steve Hackett, still a newcomer to the band, makes his presence very much known - "Watcher of the Skies" and "Get 'Em Out by Friday" and the epic "Supper's Ready" all show his virtuosity and skill, with Mike Rutherford playing great basslines to go along. Collins once again proves his worth as a great drummer. Yet the key to the music is still the keyboards of Tony Banks - nearly every track is driven by his masterful playing (except "Horizons," which is an acoustic Steve Hackett solo piece) and whatever Banks plays often serves as the lead of the band, with the other members seemingly basing their playing around him.

While "Watcher of the Skies" and "Get 'Em Out by Friday," as well as "Can-Utility and the Coastliners," are great songs, the real show-stealer is the band's first true epic, "Supper's Ready." The song is 23 minutes long and is a smorgasbord of everything that was great about this era of Genesis. Gabriel's vocal range is amazing - not only can he hit a variety of notes, he can sing with power and energy, or with a dulcet tone, and he changes his voice at the drop of a dime. The track remains vocal and keyboard-driven for much of its runtime, yet it showcases the rest of the band very well because of its many sections. Also in 1972, bands like Yes and Jethro Tull were also writing long and lengthy "compositions" divided into many pieces and sections that each of which of could stand as separate songs, and Genesis were no different. The flow of "Supper's Ready" is unbelievably smooth, and it employs many different styles and sounds across its runtime. The classical and seemingly medieval influence that many of the band's songs had is even more apparent on this track, especially in Hackett's guitar-playing. The song is also incredibly over-the-top, and often both the music and lyrics become silly, yet always enjoyable. "Supper's Ready" stands as a true testament to how unique and creative Genesis were during the early 70's.

Foxtrot is easily the first classic Genesis album. There isn't much filler, it features many of their best and most memorable songs, as well as improved musicianship, lyrics, vocals, and overall sound, and it's unique, creative, silly, and all that a prog rock fan could ask for. It uses pomp and silliness to its advantage. While "Time Table" is a bit of a bore, the rest of the album is exciting and fun prog rock with complexity and pomp taken to then unheard-of levels. This is a must-have album, yet the best of Genesis was yet to come.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
DoubtGin
December 12th 2011


6752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

review is actually pretty good



DoubtGin
December 12th 2011


6752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

also, Supper's Ready might be their best song

Jethro42
December 12th 2011


12440 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Fucking pos dude. Fucking pos. I couldn't have written a better review. In English I mean =]. You know your Genesis very well, really.

KILL
December 12th 2011


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

dude this is a great ass review how long did it take you

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sideburndude
December 12th 2011


2782 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review, The organ solo in Supper's Ready melts my brain.

Jethro42
December 12th 2011


12440 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah its Apocalypse in 9/8 part is larger than life.

MO
December 12th 2011


18679 Comments


great review sonic, album rules face

KILL
December 12th 2011


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

dude this could be your best serious review

Jethro42
December 12th 2011


12440 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I wouldnt be surprised

jefflebowski
December 12th 2011


8243 Comments


supper's ready slays

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Jethro42
December 12th 2011


12440 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Prolly few of you know that Supper's Ready was written by Gabriel when one night in his living room, he looked at his wife Jill and he swear he saw her face change (he saw kind of the evil in her eyes and all). I'd describe this better in French but w/e.

Jethro42
December 12th 2011


12440 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

hahaha possibly yes. Somewhere back then.

tarkus
December 12th 2011


5560 Comments


sweet review

PerpetualDawn
December 12th 2011


42 Comments


I've been a big Genesis fan ever since the release of their 1980 album, Duke. Before that, I really didn't understand any of their work. Too artsy, too intellectual. It was on Duke where, uh, Phil Collins' presence became more apparent. I think Invisible Touch was the group's undisputed masterpiece. It's an epic meditation on intangibility. At the same time, it deepens and enriches the meaning of the preceding three albums.

KILL
December 12th 2011


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

never heard that before!

PerpetualDawn
December 12th 2011


42 Comments


That's why it had to be done

jefflebowski
December 12th 2011


8243 Comments


hey, paul!

Jethro42
December 12th 2011


12440 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

=]

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
December 13th 2011


20671 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Excellent review. Album is amazing, almost as good as Selling England.

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TheNotrap
December 13th 2011


8070 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review Sonic.
prog pos

Need to recheck this asap.

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