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4 stars Can't We All Just Get Along?

The end of the real Genesis although there would be bits and pieces of it over the next couple of albums. This marks the end of Steve Hackett tenure with the band and it is a pretty damn good ending. With just a couple exceptions this album is as good as any of the last 5. Of course their ability as musicians was as high as ever, their songwriting was more mature but there is some empty spaces that I haven't heard before by this group. Your Own Special Way is not a terrible song but it doesn't seem to go anywhere. Certainly not enough in it to justify it being 6+ minutes. The second one follows it Wot Gorilla that seems like a jam that was culled down to single sequence and it doesn't sound complete. Maybe they should cut the time out of YOSW and gave it WOT Gorilla and made it better or maybe selected a song by Hackett that ended up on Voyage of the Acolyte. Anyway too much empty space for me to appreciate that much of the album.

That being said the rest is tremendous. Eleventh Earl of Mar, Mouses Night and Blood on the Roof Tops are great symphonic songs. One For The Vine maybe the best thing that Tony Banks has written and rival Mad Man Moon from ATOTT. The ending suite over the last three songs Unquiet Slumber for the Sleepers, In that Quiet Earth and Afterglow is just a prog masterpiece.

Even for all that this album does not quiet hit the highs of the last 5 so I cannot give it the highest mark but it doesn't miss by much. If you like any of the previous 5 you will like this one. 4.5 stars from me.

Garion81 | 4/5 |


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