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4.10 | 1836 ratings

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4 stars Their last great album - until the next one.

This album falls well short of the brilliance of 'A Trick of the Tail', but is still a great listen. I'm not sure what went wrong with the production, but it's a step back towards the muddy values of early GENESIS albums. And the songwriting is uneven, also like early GENESIS albums. But the highlights here are so very, very good, it's not really worth quibbling over.

The opening track contains an object lesson on how to play the mellotron. What fabulous chords! Then oh dear, 'One For The Vine' harks back to the days of 'Salmacis' and 'Hogweed': obvious, schoolboyish lyrics, and a song that overstays its welcome.

It was a real surprise to read reviews on this site to find people don't like 'Your Own Special Way'. It's an excellent song, with dynamism and balance. 'Wot Gorilla' is a shiny little gem that finishes the first side nicely.

I'm afraid I find 'All In A Mouse's Night' about the worst thing GENESIS ever did. Neither the music nor the lyrics work for me. Some of the material left off this album would have worked far better. 'Blood on the Rooftops' returns the dial to 'excellent' ...

... and then we have the highlight of the album, the three-part finisher. Glorious progressive music right up with the best they've done, with 'Afterglow' capturing that post-coital shine. The first two instrumental parts are stunning, saturated with complex rhythm and clear guitar and key work. And PHIL COLLINS was never better than on the final track.

Ignore all the jabber about this being the last great album. GENESIS continued to write and perform excellent music well beyond 'Wind and Wuthering'. Don't believe me, though; make your own judgement. But there is no doubt this is the last album that sounded like 'Wind and Wuthering'. For what that's worth.

russellk | 4/5 |


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