Sound — 9
Though not my favourite Genesis album, this was generally regarded as Genesis' finest hour. This album is a classic and contains the masterpiece 'Supper's Ready' which stands at 22 minutes long and takes up most of the second side of the album. Other tracks include the majestic 'Watcher Of The Skies' and 'Get 'Em Out By Friday', a grim vision of the future. The music is typical prog-rock and the cover art by Paul Whitehead reflects the diversity of the music within.
Lyrics — 8
All songs on this album were sung by Peter Gabriel, and most of the lyrics were also written by him. Some of the lyrics to Supper's Ready were based on the experiences of Gabriel and his wife and other parts of Supper's Ready are based on the book of Revelations. The lyrics to 'Can-Utility And The Coastliners' are based around the story of King Cnut. The lyrical content of Genesis albums is without excption excellent and this album is no exception. Horizons, however, is a classical guitar piece written and performed by Steve Hackett and although it has no lyrics, it is one of the best points of the album.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall, this is a fine album. It is not the best Genesis album in my opinion but it is possibly their creative peak and contains more passion than the 1973 follow-up 'Selling England By The Pound.' Supper's Ready and Can-Utility And The Coastliners are the standout tracks whereas 'Time Table' is by far the weakest track. Overall, a great album.