I really have tried with this Genesis album, honestly, but - unlike many other listeners - I just can't get enthused about it.
is a perfect example of a record that indulges in 'rambling', a word I use often when it comes to progressive rock.
Certainly, there are good and fun moments. The opening "Watcher of the Skies" is the best track overall, with its catchy refrain and Tony Banks' warm keyboards. But it's all kind of hit-or-miss to me beyond that. "Get 'Em Out By Friday", despite a bit of a boring passage in the second half, is pretty entertaining, and probably the next best song, helped by the interesting lyrics focusing on home evictions.
Then there's "Supper's Ready", the granddaddy of progressive rock. Another reviewer referred to it as the Citizen Kane
of the genre. It's 23 minutes; it has seven parts; it does all sorts of things - some work, some don't. The best part is the opening hello babe
at the beginning, and its repeat near the end. Actually, to be fair, the ending is really grand.
It sounds like I can't make up my mind about this album, and that's true. I want to like it more. I want to like it as much as I do most of Genesis' other work. But I just can't. Maybe it sounds too much like a Peter Gabriel show to me, his voice certainly dominates above all else. Or maybe it's that it sometimes just sounds like the band are making half of it it up as they go along.
Perhaps it will all click for me one day. But for now, I can't say that Foxtrot
is anything more than a sporadically entertaining yet also very frustrating musical experience, from a band which - at their best - give me a lot of pleasure. Rated:
by Reviewer: The Doctor