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AND THEN THERE WERE THREE...

Genesis

 

Symphonic Prog

3.44 | 936 ratings

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sgtpepper
4 stars My most favourite Genesis album although definitely not their best. I have so many nice memories regarding getting to know this album which marked my entry to the Genesis world. The majority of old fans disregards ATTWT and they are partly right. Songs have become shorter, less developed - Genesis were still loaded with great ideas as one can hear here. What is here brought to excellence is this blend of progressive touch and song accessibility for all kinds of listeners. For me, no other album by them showed such deep emotion and moods. Just listen to passionate Collins' singing and masterful keyboard arrangements. Two most progressive tracks are Down and out/Lady Lies. Driven by incredible drum pattern and memorable keyboard chords, Down and Out is one of the most progressive Genesis openers. Ever tried to play the stunning synth solo in the mid section? I've always wished to hear this masterpiece live! Snowbound, Undertow and Many to Many present the dreamy and romantic atmosphere that so much appeals to me here. Burning Rope suffers from suppressed development and it certainly deserves more than 7 minutes of play. Banks adds an irresistible colours to the epic song. Follow me has been always a letdown for me although I found some pleasure in the short synth solo.

How about the musicians performance? Collins - drums - well done but had shown everything before what is to be found here except marvellous Down and Out. Singing is as great as before. Banks - this cunning guy was constantly developing and shifting from mellotron towards electric piano exploring new territories. Appreciate it. Rutherford - average guitar playing and killer bass line in Lady Lies, also some interesting ideas in Deep in the motherlode.

All in all, it is an excellent addition for any music lover regardless his/her progressive taste. It is considered that the follow-up to this, Duke, is more cohesive and focused. Believe this but ATTWT beats Duke in instrumentation (Duke's Travels being the exception) and progressive leanings.

Give it a chance, for it may well grow on you!

sgtpepper | 4/5 |

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