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3.50 | 1494 ratings

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Sean Trane
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3 stars Of course I am one to howl in the safety of the wolf pack by denouncing the Genesis sell-out , but this is mostly false! They were not taking it the easy way! If you take away the three best known numbers Misunderstanding (THE obvious sell-out and one of the most simple track ever written by the trio), Turn It Off Again (although this track is on a strange rythmic pattern amounting to something like a 13/8 or something along those lines - I read it somewhere , I never listened to that insufferable track) and to a lesser extent Behind the Lines ( I count it as a hit because it did get major airplay on Canadian radios at the time), you have got a fairly good album. But still not to one quarter of quality their early classic albums.

But the three big hits are there and ruin the ambiance of much better numbers such as Duke's Travel, End Cul-De-Sac, Heathaze are all reminders of what a great band they once were. Duchess I also find rather pleasant and delicate . Please note that although Collins is now a fully confident frontman and mainly responsible for the huge sales of this album , but his writing credits are still relatively few and therefore those yelling that he is the main cause of Genesis devolutions/regressions are wrong. nothing got done without Mr. Banks consent.

Can be regarded as the last worthy album from them as far as progressive rock is concerned.

Sean Trane | 3/5 |


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