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SELLING ENGLAND BY THE POUND

Genesis

 

Symphonic Prog

4.63 | 2924 ratings

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theknife1970
3 stars NOT WORTHY OF AN ESSENTIAL GENESIS RECORD OR EVEN AN ESSENTIAL PROG ALBUM.

I'm a huge fan of Genesis. I actually have a local cover band of the Peter Gabriel Era Genesis. I really don't see why this album has such high praises especially in comparison to other genesis albums or prog albums. Let me try to explain why this album isn't the greatest. Here's a break-down of the album

1. Dancing with the Moonlit Knight: Best song of the album hands down. Probably the only reason I have this album. Awesome time changes, different recurring themes, excellent musicianship overall. Love the tune.

2. I know what I like: Yes I do and it's not this tune. This is Genesis gone POP. I don't see anything special here. Pretty much just showcasing Gabriel's vocals. Nothing technical or even remotely prog in this tune. Just some exaggerated prolonged chords and vocals.

3. Firth of Fifth: Decent track. Gotta give it to Banks for the crazy time changes right off the bat. The main chorus is kinda boring but we get a little progressive near the middle of the track. Nice solo by Hackett.

4. More Fool Me: Horrible. Another f****** pop song.

5. The Battle Of Epping Forest: One of the better songs on the album. Love the marching band introduction. The melody is pretty catchy too. Has some dark breaks will Phil's vocals soaring over weird chords. Lots of cool prog going on with this track. Worth checking out for sure.

6. After The Ordeal: Cool intro. Again props to Banks. Rest of the song just seems to drag with boring drum beats and sustained notes from Hackett.

7. The Cinema Show: Alright song with some darkness to it. I personally find this song is too long. They try to get progressive with the song near the middle and I don't really see where it's going. At least an attempt is made.

8. Aisle Of Plenty: Ending track. Trying to bring back the main theme of the album. Just doesn't seem to fit.

To conclude, anyone who knows anything about Genesis or prog will tell you that Nursery Cryme and Foxtrot are their best efforts. Please listen to these albums first if you're new to the genre.

theknife1970 | 3/5 |

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