@venussansfurs: yeah, some songs on Gabriel's debut like "Moribund The Burgermeister" and "Humdrum" sound very continuous with "The Lamb". On other songs like "Excuse Me" or "Waiting For The Big One" he's trying to get away from the Genesis sound, but overall it's a strong effort and one of his best.
Gabriel was their best songwriter but clearly all five members had gobs of talent, and "Trick" proved that they *could* make very good music on their own when rising to the challenge of his absence. They just didn't really want to after "Wind" IMO! LOL. Speaking of which, Hackett's departure really was the more severe artistic loss; outside of his incredible guitar work and his tendency to stay on the prog side of things, he was my second favorite songwriter of the group, based on "Entangled", "Blood On The Rooftops" and "Inside And Out" alone. It's a real shame he was sidelined by Banks on "Wind" and decided to leave as a result. As much as Banks was primary in shaping their classic prog sound and wrote some outstanding music during the group's 70s prime, he's as much to blame (or more) as Collins for the direction they took starting with "...And Then There Were Three". Even his keyboard sounds turned from majestic to cheezy-peezy.
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