The cockney vocals are amusing enough, and there are two great short instrumental sections near the end and at the end, respectively. But it's 'Squonk' that is the highlight for me. Entangled - is a melodic song featuring some beautiful playing by Tony, Steve, and Mike. The rhythm section races along at breakneck pace before slowing into a dreamy key sequence and finally some reprises of the melodic themes of the album. You will find the same example of the feeling. Follow-up Entangled is one of my favourite Genesis tracks.
Dance On A Volcano 5:53 One of my favourite Genesis tracks ever, this great track opens with a flowing melody and an interesting guitar and drum pattern. Well, no, it's not bad at all, said I, after a few listenings. No, actually, I can say more: this track is an amazing instrumental which reprises themes from virtually all of the songs on this album. I hate when my brain tries to explain to my heart that it's wrong. It starts mellow at the beginning and it goes to faster tempo. I had to get used to Squonk before I could fully appreciate it, but now it is one of my favorite songs on the album.
Uptempo, it is straightforward, yet fits the album well. Dance With A Volcano has exceptionally complex vocal and instrumental arrangements, whilst Entangled is simply a stunning ballad, beautifully sung by Collins with the first hint of the surround keyboard wall of sound that Banks would make very much his own. A Trick of the Tail took awhile to click for me, but it's message is still appropriate for the turbulent times of today. I think the piece would have been better if the song ended with that keyboard lead in a fade-out. It's not going to blow anyone away, but it's a very satisfying listen nontheless.
I miss Peter's vocalization and his off-beat lyrics, yet I can't help but think it was only a matter of time before the band imploded. Dance On a Volcano - 2007 - Remaster7. Posted Saturday, July 17, 2004 Review 371 Not as bad as the diehards would have you think!!! I'd never thought a song about a rat-like creature, which dissolves itself in tears, could sound so exciting. Excellent, especially the rhythm section. I was honestly astounded by what I was hearing. But not really in a convincing way. Trick of the Tail is wall to wall flowery prose without that indescribable Genesis spirit of the Trespass-Selling England years.
Dont get me wrong, The album is very beautiful, and will definately appeal more to the fan that never got into Peter Gabriel Genesis. They also seem to share equally their part of the cake. So, it was this record, the groups first with Collins as lead singer, and the first ever Genesis record without any input from Gabriel, that continued the bands musical evolution when so many thought it was the end. I bought this album for the first time, the L. This track makes an excellent listening experience. My favourite Genesis cover in fact,with all the characters from the album displayed in an almost Victorian setting.
If 'Squonk' is just about a furry creature, then 'Bohemian Rhapsody' is just about a mummy's boy and 'The Long And Winding Road' is just about some road. The track became a live favourite, and continued to be played through to the 2007 Turn It On Again tour. Though the loss of Gabriel's visionary, quasi-mystical slant can be felt, in a way the transition is not as strongly noticeable as one might think. A trick Of The Tale was, in many ways, the start of their pop-rock period, although that was not clear at the moment. Forget about Collins' later ahem! Who would have believed that one of the best drummers in the world also was a great vocalist? Only Robbery, Assault and Battery never really captivate my imagination. He reconvened with the remaining group members in July 1975.
It is also the first song by the band to feature drummer Phil Collins as the lead vocalist and was the first song written by the new members Collins and Steve Hackett within the band context. A Trick of the Tail - 2007 - Remaster4. Gabriel went on to a successful solo career and Collins brought the band onwards to new heights. Even the cover is a work of art. It certainly showed that he wasn't the only creative force in the band, but at the same time it showed that he had a lot to do with the band's identity. However, all in all, a superb example of pure Genesis prog.
Posted Wednesday, August 17, 2005 Review 43217 After a bit of uncertainty after the loss of Peter Gabriel, the remaining members of Genesis carried on with erstwhile drummer Phil Collins taking over on lead vocals. The instrumental section is a little cheesy for me though. Much of the album is made up of curious story-songs, not too different from Gabriel-era work, with only Collins' vocals showing that anything had changed. It don't get any better. This song is even better on Seconds Out.