We had a CAS thread which made me think it would be nice to have a dedicated thread for each album and I went back to the beginning and started a FGTR thread with the intention of moving chronologically on through to WCD. So here is the Trespass thread.
I think I'm right in saying this is the remaining one of the three studio albums to have a one-off line-up, the other two having been covered in the above-mentioned threads.
Clearly a major change from FGTR; in the space of a year or so the band ended their link with the increasingly uninterested Jonathan King who didn't like their move away from short-form pop songs to longer, more complex pieces. They did the classic "getting our shit together in the country", learned how to play live, got a deal with Charisma and came up with this album.
What do we think? Obvious discussion points are Phillips and Mayhew, the former in his final recorded Genesis outing, the latter making his only appearance. JM would ordinarily probably be seen as a competent drummer and nothing more, but he is in the position of being the one who was replaced by one of the best rock/pop musicians the UK has produced and who brought a whole other dimension of feel and creativity. But all that was yet to come and he was the drummer, doing a reasonable job with some often fiddly stop-start material.
As far as the songs go, for me the album is carried by three of them - Looking For Someone and Stagnation being the standout ones, and The Knife. On a very rare occasion I could give Dusk a listen but the other two tracks do nothing much for me.
But in its way it's a fascinating album in terms of their evolution.