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2.43 | 1177 ratings

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Queen By-Tor
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1 stars The 80s did a lot of weird things to prog.

Getting through the 80s was going to be tough for any prog band, as a decade where the word "Progressive" was more dirty than many of the pop stars we have around today. Anyways, emerging from the gaggle of music comes Genesis, but not the band we so dearly know and love. It would appear that even Genesis had to revert to pop to make it through the times.

Now, I'll state right here that the album is not all bad... if you're looking for pop/rock music that is... The pop-rock hit Land Of Confusion was the big buying point for me, and continues to be the main reason I ever listen to the album, while the 10-minute Domino is a fairly good 80s epic that proves that the band maybe still wanted to be progressive, it's unfortunate that the track itself doesn't work out quite as well as even earlier long 80s songs such as Me and Sarah Jane. Tonight Tonight Tonight is also slightly worth mentioning, as it's synth soundscapes give it a fairly malevolent sound. Another good track is the coda, The Brazilian is a very enjoyable instrumental, so I think it's worth giving a shout out to.

Now comes the rest. All the other singles off the album; the poppy Invisible Touch, the oh so unbearable In Too Deep, and the irritating Throwing It All Away, are what give the album such a bad name. Next stop - Disney for Mr. Collins. My dislike of the tracks listed here is not out of pure bias, either. I gave this album a few chances and really didn't find much real prog substance in it. In fact, I'm more likely to hear most of these songs on the speakers in Walmart than I am to see them on a "Best of Prog" compilation.

To conclude, like I said, the 80s was a monster that did a lot of weird things to music, and it's too bad that this band was mutated in it's wake.1 star for this album - only buy it if you want to listen to 80s synth pop or if you're a fan and must have every single album by Genesis. Avoid at all costs.

Queen By-Tor | 1/5 |


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