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5 stars Exceptional effort post Gabriel. Wind And Wuthering is every bit as good as anything from the first several albums (maybe with the exception of Selling England By The Pound).

"Eleventh Earl Of Mar" is masterful with a powerful vocal performance from Collins, whose got a much better voice than Gabriel (but maybe missing Gabriel's passionate delivery). Excellent drum work with some nice high tom interplay that would become Collins signature sound later on.

What could be one of the best songs from the Collins era is "One For The Vine". Possessing synths that are absolutely breathtaking and reminiscent of "Firth Of Fifth". Starts off really soft spoken, but builds upon layer and layer, with it bcoming more ethereal and beautiful as it progresses. Furthermore, when it comes to the softer passages, Collins definitely has the edge up on Gabriel as he handles it without sounding timind. The benchmark of this song, however, is when it picks up and Collins showcases why he's such a great drummer. Listening to the hi-hat work and how it adds so much to the rhythm is jaw dropping; but, when the band explodes and takes the song up into the stratosphere is where I simply fly along with it. Simply magical!

"Your Own Special Way" is a ballad set in 3/4 time signature. Really quite haunting with the acoustic guitar work and Collins vocals, especially the chorus with the beautiful harmonies. For a ballad, it's fairly long but never tiresome.

"Wot Gorilla?" is becoming a favorite of mine--dumb title, stunning musicianship. Collins aggressive beat fades in and Banks' synths jockey's for the pole position for a neck and neck race. Hackett adds a nice flair in the background.

"All In A Mouse's Night" sounds a bit like something from the Gabriel era, and would've worked nicely on Nursery Cryme. Evident in the Gabriel era, that sense of humor is present on this tune, but still has some beautiful musical moments on it. The title may cause you to furl your brow, the the music won't.

Aaahhh, "Blood On The Rooftops". A powerhouse of a song on an already magical disc. It starts off with a classical guitar beginning that sounds a bit like Lifeson's at the beginning of "A Farewell To Kings". The arrangement and structure are spectacular. "Unquiet Slumber For The Sleep" and "...In That Quiet" round out the suite in classic Genesis fashion, which impeccable drumming by Collins. Rutherford especially shines on this number, with playing up on the bass reminiscient of Fleetwood Mac's John McVie.

Wind & Wuthering comes to a close with the melacholic and truly amazing "Afterglow". Nothing dynamic on the instrumentation, but great harmonies and orchestration. The perfect way to bring it all home.

There is nothing that I dislike about Wind A Wuthering and it's up there as a favorite of mine. I like the Collins era a lot, but Genesis really nailed it with Wind & Wuthering and it holds up right next to anything they have ever done. Pure magic from start to finish.

E-Dub | 5/5 |


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