ARTIST:

GENESIS

(UNITED KINGDOM)
TITLE:

FOXTROT

(1972)
LABEL:

CHARISMA

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Concept-album, Old School, Theatrical
"With "Foxtrot", Genesis transforms the trial of "Nursery Cryme" and completes the creation of his fascinating universe."
VANDERGRAAF (29.08.2003)  
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The second album of the great Genesis trilogy is the one of international success. With "Foxtrot", Genesis transforms the trial of "Nursery Cryme" and completes the creation of their fascinating universe.

On the first side of the original vinyl, four songs reveal all the facets of the band: the quiet "Time table" reminds us their folk side, and "Can utility and the coastliners", their spirit of invention and adventure. The other two songs are a real slap in the face to their listeners. First of all, "Watcher of the skies", monologue of an extraterrestrial visitor, and its opening with a hyper-saturated organ: the height of the grandiose. The song was born from an anecdote: Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford, after a concert in Italy, were observing the roofs of Milan from a terrace and wondered what an E.T. would think of it!

The other song is "Get 'em out by Friday". Its shattered rhythm, its sardonic sound, are cut by a moving flute solo. The story is about a real estate agency buying up all the houses in a small town. In 2012, owning the whole town, they get a reduction in the regulation height of people: all those over 1m20 are shrunk by genetic surgery. And real estate agents can fit twice as many people in a building of the same height... This cruel and poignant tale is interpreted, with all these characters, by the innate Peter Gabriel

Finally, on the second side, introduced by a small classical guitar solo ("Horizons"), is the most accomplished of Genesis' works before "The lamb lies down on Broadway": "Supper's Ready" and its twenty-five minutes of delirium.

Like its big brother "The lamb...", "Supper's Ready" deserves a several pages analysis. It is a strange experience, a kind of collective hallucination lived by Peter Gabriel and his wife, which is the basis of this fresco. In nine sub-parts, Genesis tells the story of a magical journey of a couple of lovers in a world where puppet religions clash, where objects transform when a whistle sounds, and where foxes witness the apocalypse. This crazy and whimsical story is served by a perfectly constructed score, and especially a theme reprise (written by Tony Banks when he was still a student) between the opening and the finale that would bring tears to the eyes of the most skeptical. "I always sang it as if my life depended on it," said Peter Gabriel, for whom this song remains the best of his time in Genesis. No need to say more: it is essential to own Foxtrot...


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Watcher Of The Skies
02. Time Table
03. Get'Em Out By Friday
04. Can-Utility And The Coastliners
05. Horizon's
06. Supper's Ready

LINEUP:
Mike Rutherford: Basse
Peter Gabriel: Chant
Phil Collins: Batterie
Steve Hackett: Guitares
Tony Banks: Claviers
   
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