A Trick Of The Tail
After unsuccessfully holding auditions to replace Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins took over lead vocals for Genesis; he’s very similar to Gabriel on A Trick Of The Tail. The 12-string guitars of pastoral Genesis has mostly disappeared, and A Trick Of The Tail sounds like a more relaxed version of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, with most of the textures coming from Banks’ synthesizers.
Even though the lyrics are more generic without Gabriel, the songwriting on A Trick Of The Tail is still impressive. ‘Dance On A Volcano’ is an engaging opener with a tension between the taut verses and the spiralling chorus. ‘Squonk’ is a convincing faux-mythological lyric, with Collins throwing his voice around like Gabriel. ‘Ripples’ is a gorgeous ballad, written by Mike Rutherford about ageing, while ‘Mad Man Moon’ starts off as a pretty piano piece.
Despite the absence of Gabriel, A Trick Of The Tail is still one of Genesis’ strongest albums.