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Buy for "Supper's Ready"; enjoy the rest too,
By A Customer
This review is from: Foxtrot (Remastered) (Audio CD)
As mentioned by another reviewer, this album has been discussed so much in the past 30 years that there does not seem to be much more to say. However, I thought I'd try anyway. Obviously the main attraction is Supper's Ready, the 23-minute magnum-opus that ranks among Genesis' best work; this was the reason for my purchase at any rate. I was recently wondering whether I preferred this or the Lamb lies down on Broadway - two considerably different albums of similar quality. After listening to Foxtrot again, I have to say that it is my preferred album and 2nd favourite after Selling England by the Pound, simply because of Supper's Ready. Yes the first five tracks are still, for the most part, very enjoyable. Watcher of the Skies has (unintentially) humerous lyrics and great vocals from Peter. Time Table is relatively simple, and this is no bad thing; the subject matter is interesting and it is well-played. Get 'em out by Friday is entertaining, and offers a satirical piece of commentary on modern life. Can Utility and the Coastliners has great playing and nice melodies in the instrumental sections, and Horizons is a refreshing largely acoustic break between this and the album's raison d'etre. Talking of which, regardless of the quality of all that goes before it, it is Supper's Ready which really justifies the album's existence.
For about 20 minutes we get a mixture of styles, paces and volumes, divided up into 6 sub-sections with each containing a different thread of the tapestry, meaning that the track never becomes boring. Among my favourites of these sub-sections are "Lover's Leap", "The Guaranteed Eternal Sanctuary Man" and "Willow Farm". It is at the end of sub-section vi and the whole of sub-section vii, however (about the last 3 minutes), which in this reviewer's opinion make the CD wholly worth buying. As the story (or whtever it is) reaches its climax, Steve Hackett's guitar wails and cries as Peter Gabriel sings about igniting souls, an angel in the sun and the Lord of Lords leading his children home. Genesis never recorded anything this climatic or emotional again.