Genesis
A Trick of the Tail


3.5
great

Review

by AndreasG USER (3 Reviews)
February 22nd, 2007 | 13 replies


Release Date: 1976 | Tracklist

Review Summary: the last really good Genesis album

As is often commented, when Peter Gabriel left Genesis, the people wondered if the band could make it without him. This is the first album after his departure, and it's very good. "Dance on a Volcano" and "Squonk" are among my favorite Genesis tunes, and all the somgs are good. It continues in a general way with the musical style of the previous albums. Sadly they couldn't sustain it. I would consider "Trick of the Tail" to be the last Genesis album worth owning.

It needs to be said that the beginings of the decline are evident on this album. Phil Collins is a decent enough singer, but he doesn't have nearly the range or expressiveness of Peter Gabriel (not to mention the lyrics). Listen to "Robbery, Assault, and Battery", which is a story song involving various characters, in the tradition of "Battle of Epping Forrest" and "Get `Em Out By Friday". A comparison with the older songs will show how much more effective Gabriel was. Also, previous albums were reaching for new heights, while this is the first album where Genesis is treading water.

Still this is a very enjoyable album. Fans of the Gabriel era Genesis should check this one out. Newcomers to the classic Genesis should check out their 4 best albums first:
Nursery Cryme
Foxtrot
Selling England By The Pound
The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway

After that get this one and also "Trespass", their second album. Then get "Live" and "Archives Vol 1". Stop there.


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clairvoyant
February 23rd 2007


765 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A tad short, but not too bad.



I love this album, one of my favorites by Genesis. If you ask me, Wind & Wuthering was still great, and they didn't completely lose it until Abacab.



If you combined ATTWT and Duke and took out the poor tracks, you could have one great prog album.

FR33L0RD
April 7th 2009


3005 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

IMHO Genesis is nothing without Peter Gabriel & Steve Hackett.



..but i must confess that this album is very good.This Message Edited On 04.07.09

EpXeh
June 17th 2010


82 Comments


I actually prefer phil's voice to peter's. But the music during their earlier years was better, so i end up really liking this album and W&W

KILL
January 4th 2011


81241 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good album

KILL
January 4th 2011


81241 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea man its not as good as the peter gabriel shit but still

Jethro42
October 24th 2011


16139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Classic

KILL
November 6th 2011


81241 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good shit right here

JamieTwort
November 6th 2011


26988 Comments


Yeah this rules.

JamieTwort
November 6th 2011


26988 Comments


Might bump this up to a 4 soon.

JamieTwort
November 6th 2011


26988 Comments


I've heard a few songs from it, Jethro gave me a couple of links. I need to get it.

Jethro42
November 6th 2011


16139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Please you guys, read ProgJect' Seconds Out', than pos it.

= D

JamieTwort
February 10th 2012


26988 Comments


Bumped this up to a 4. Rules hard.

Pixicato
November 25th 2012


6 Comments


"last Genesis album worth owning."

Wind and Wuthering, how about? I really love that one as well, can't see why the negative opinion.



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