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INVISIBLE TOUCH

Genesis

 

Symphonic Prog

2.42 | 38 ratings

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mcgoverntj
5 stars To me Invisible Touch is better than Abacab, Genesis and Duke and And Then There Were Three put together and then underrated by quite a bit :). Domino is as good as anything Lamb Lies Down On Broadway or SEBTP and its lyrics are MORE image-laden than Gabriel's silly dreamlike childish abstractions ("whats wrong with realism you costume wearing girl look alike..." [Imagine if I said that on this site, I'd be assassinated.... but I didn't! (its in these curvy things so it don't count! haha!)])

I can clearly picture myself locked in a suburban apartment, double-glazing the windows after the bomb dropped in the city. Sitting in a tent I erected in the living room, starring out, unable to sleep, waiting for death, playing games with myself about my wife's obvious fate. Fretful, strange nights, strange sounds, horrifying television coverage, dying people staggering in the streets, screaming for help. Finally I realize, theres nothing I can do, I'm the next in line, A Domino.... Do you know what you have done Washington!!!???? DO YOU!!!!?????? Didn't you listen to the Land of Confusion!!!!????? See the dummies on MTV!!!!??? Damn you! But theres nothing I can do, I'm next in line..... Maybe my wife is alive........ my hair is falling out.... My GOD! I look like Phil Collins in the Mirror! ahhhhhhh!

WHAT A FANTASTIC FANTASTIC, FANTASTIC PIECE OF ART. Really, the simplistic lyrics are deceptive, they say a lot more than can be said by either Waters like direct accusation or Gabriels.... fairy tale rhyming. What a towering achievement, what a subtle message, but what a huge message. Especially considering the USSR and the USA had many close calls at this time in history.

On my PC I listen to Invisible Touch like this:

Do the Neurotic (Genesis Archives Part II) Tonight, Tonight, Tonight 12" (Genesis Archives Part II) Land of Confusion 12" (Genesis Archives Part II) The Brazilian Domino

If you remove the money-making crap, you have a very strong album. All The pieces on IT, even the bad ones are a lot more confident than anything on the previous two albums and are more forceful than the tracks on Duke. AATWT is a pretty weak album, although it is progressive, so even it looks like an underachiever next to the high motivation of Invisible Touch. That's not to say I think Touch is progressive, I don't except for the last two tracks. But I don't believe any fair music fan could listen through the first three tracks and not want to listen again at some point. Genesis was never this stable or tight.

A note because I do believe that this is important with people when they look at a work like Invisible Touch:

I find it interesting how no one seems to realize that the reason all of our favorite bands go pop is because they get rich and have money interests. Pop=money good music AKA prog = good fans, few fans. Genesis does make prog on their albums, but mainly these are career pieces, not art, although the professionalism and quality is beyond contention. How many Fading Lights does Peter Gabriel put on his "World Music" disks, which I don't believe he releases for free either. I demand that anyone who questions Invisible Touch who likes Genesis as it was with the Slipperman, Rael or whatever his stage identity was for the moment, put aside sour grapes with the reality of capitalism and chew some of the bones Genesis throws to us when it could have put "In Too Shallow" or something there instead and made an extra buck.

mcgoverntj | 5/5 |

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