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REWIRING GENESIS - A TRIBUTE TO THE LAMB LIES DOWN ON BROADWAY

Various Artists (Tributes)

 

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4.17 | 51 ratings

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Windhawk
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4 stars Tribute albums are a funny game, and the experiment of rerecording an entire album with a different cast as in this case is one that most often is made for monetary reasons.

Nick D'Virgilio and Mark Hornsby; the instigators of this tribute production; should be given credit for not trying to merely replicate the original in this particular case though. Many songs are rearranged; with reeds and violins taking the place of keyboards; a shift in musical styles towards jazz in a few instances and generally a modernization of the sound of these compositions.

The compositions are already classics proven by time, the performers do a good job on this creation, mix and production is superb. And this reworked version of Genesis artistic peak will probably appeal to a somewhat wider audience than the original too; with stronger commercial sensibilities as a main feature.

But when that is said; I do have problems to understand why this project was created. Sure, it's well made, the songs are good - even if some of the rearrangements do fall flat - but still: The original is considered a masterpiece by quite a few and a good; strong production by many more. Is there really a need to give it a makeover?

Recommended to the curious, and probably worth investigating by people who didn't like the original; but would like to check out an alternative version.

Windhawk | 4/5 |

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