Foxtrot

(1972), 9.5/10
Foxtrot is where prog Genesis’ classic phase kicks into gear properly; they’re more confident than before, and there are less dull instrumental passages. The key piece is obviously the sidelong epic ‘Supper’s Ready’, based on the Biblical account of the apocalypse, but the first side is also filled with good songs. ‘Watcher of the Skies’ suffers from Banks’ lyrics, but regardless it’s a strong opener with its grand Mellotron introduction, while ‘Can-Utility and the Coastliners’ tells the King Canute story with pretty organ runs. ‘Get ‘Em Out By Friday’ is typically theatrical with Gabriel using his different character voices. But it’s the 23 minutes of ‘Supper Ready’ that’s the highlight of Foxtrot; it’s not so much a long song as thematically linked shorter songs stitched together, from the music hall of Willow Park to the intense Apocalypse in 9/8. It wheels through its different sections before its exhilarating climax with “Can’t you feel our souls ignite”. Genesis made other great albums subsequently, but Foxtrot is still the best of their best.

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