Genesis
Foxtrot


4.5
superb

Review

by Matthijs van der Lee USER (219 Reviews)
March 7th, 2012 | 46 replies | 2,772 views


Release Date: 1972 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Now having become masters of the art, Genesis release a progressive classic.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

If Trespass was a practice run and Nursery Cryme merely a first realization of Genesis’ potential, their fourth record shows a power that’s fully unleashed. Foxtrot is grander in sound and simultaneously manages to rock harder. With a great deal of progressive fans listing it as their favourite within the classic period, it can be ranked among the top three Genesis albums.

For one thing, Foxtrot carries what is arguably the greatest opening/closing duo in the group’s history. Watcher of the Skies has a majestic mellotron intro that meets a pounding rhythm section. Banks’ playing is stunning and asserts his dominance as leading instrumentalist, while Rutherford finally emerges as a valuable bass player, driving a forceful foundation with Collins that they keep up throughout the remaining songs.

Peter Gabriel’s creative, often quirky storytelling is once again inescapable on the rest of the material. Get ‘Em Out by Friday continues the trend set with Harold the Barrel, the singer voicing a whole set of different characters. The lyrical content itself is a cleverly written social commentary on some of the corrupted British landlords at the time.

Foxtrot’s two shorter songs are interspersed among its more attention-grabbing epics, which makes them pale in comparison, but not free of their own merits. Time Table’s piano arrangement is positively understated, and Can-Utility and the Coastliners employs some wonderful acoustic guitars (played by Hackett, Banks and Rutherford), building towards an increasingly upbeat ending. Eventually though, the entire middle section seems nothing more than a preparation for what’s to come.

The album’s grand finale is the 23-minute Supper’s Ready, preceded by Hackett’s gorgeous solo piece Horizons. It remains the longest track Genesis ever recorded, its seven sections flowing into each other flawlessly. Though still predominantly keyboard-led, the entire band’s array of skills and sounds comes forward, growing and waning in intensity. Gabriel once again holds it all together with his trademark narrative and incredible sense of intonation. Whether presented as delicate whispers or with raspy exuberance, his vocals are unmatched in their delivery, leading and defining Foxtrot as strongly as any other progressive Genesis record. The album’s status as genre classic is well-deserved.

Genesis Mark III:

Peter Gabriel – Vocals, Flute
Steve Hackett – Guitar
Tony Banks – Organ, Piano, Mellotron, Guitar, Vocals
Mike Rutherford – Bass, Guitar, Cello, Vocals
Phil Collins – Drums, Vocals

Highlights:

Watcher of the Skies
Get ‘Em Out by Friday
Supper’s Ready




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Nagrarok
March 7th 2012



7956 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

WATCH-ER OF THE SKIES

WATCHER OF ALL

Funeralopolis
March 7th 2012



10498 Comments


pos cus Genesis

Digging: Autopsy - Tourniquets, Hacksaws And Graves

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
March 7th 2012



18200 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Awesome album. I like this almost as much as Selling England.

Great job once again Nag.

Digging: Benoit Pioulard - Hymnal Remixes

Tyrannic
March 7th 2012



3224 Comments


may have to give this another spin soon

Ire
March 7th 2012



41454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

gabriel all day yea pos again

Nagrarok
March 7th 2012



7956 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks again all. I need to slow down before posting Selling England and The Lamb though.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
March 7th 2012



7162 Comments


Great review Nag. Pos'd

I've never been into Genesis for some reason.

Digging: Floor - Oblation

Jethro42
March 7th 2012



12036 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is where I've started with Genesis in late seventies. Back in the day, a friend's big brother were generously introducing me into the 70's prog monsters. I felt like a child in a toy store. Foxtrot is among these albums I was fascinated for from the very first listen.
I enjoy that discog a lot. Keep the good work!

NightProwler
March 7th 2012



6125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Great review, have another pos from me as well!

I first heard this album with my new headphones on while walking around Christiania in Copenhagen, kinda hazed on an autumn afternoon with a bit of sun beating down my neck and the wind blowing around me.

And to this day, I don't think I've heard a song quite like Supper's Ready. So perfect.

Digging: Todd Terje - It's Album Time

KILL
March 7th 2012



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fuckin rules so fuckin hard

KILL
March 7th 2012



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it rules and fuck you all if you dont like it

KILL
March 7th 2012



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

agreed

Ire
March 7th 2012



41454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

calm down raven no one hates it (except u know who)

tarkus
March 7th 2012



5560 Comments


m/

KILL
March 7th 2012



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

did you just call me raven oh that is fuckin it ohjernhgope

Ire
March 7th 2012



41454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

well lets see

u talk to urself

u didn't know ocean was an eloy album

and u hang out with craigmaster85

ur raven

KILL
March 7th 2012



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

good points but i think you fit ravens description better

you hadnt heard toooooooomb of desecration till like a month ago
you gave caress of steel a 2
i played holy wars in turntable and you said hey this sounds great, then quickly said i mean yea i heard it years ago i mean guys
you think asia is in the top 5 prog bands
ur a poser
you suck
your first yes album was tormato

KILL
March 7th 2012



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

good fight

NightProwler
March 7th 2012



6125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Good album

tarkus
March 7th 2012



5560 Comments


well i 2'd appetite for destruction so its all good



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