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4 stars I think this is a far better effort than its predecessor, Genesis, for the simple reason that they went back to writing and performing well good songs, either commercial or prog.

The first three tracks are all huge selling singles, and all of them are very well executed. Invisible Touch races along to a great Rutherford riff, Tonight....again features fantastic guitar work and understated keyboards from Banks, whilst Land of Confusion is simply a rollicking pop song, with Rutherford on blazing form. He really shines throughout this LP.

In Too Deep is probably a little bit too saccharine for many listeners on this site, but it is pleasant without being awful, certainly an improvement on tracks such as Illegal Alien & Whodunnit! Anything she Does is also a good solid track which picks up the pace again very well.

Then there are the two Domino interlinked tracks, which, to me, are very strong successors to the Home by the Sea tracks on the previous LPs. This still plays very well live. Rutherford really blasts out his chords, and Banks returns to form on what is clearly his song with a very strong keyboard lead over Collins singing very strongly. The point about these tracks is that they continued to prove that they werre still a rock group with progressive leanings first and foremost - not a singles band. Again, I feel that many people buying this LP on the strength of the singles would have rushed out to buy previous albums when they realised just how complex and beautiful the longer tracks were. The way the first, slow, movement gives way to a harder edge is stunning.

Throwing it all Away is another very good commercial track which is exceptionally pleasing to the ear.

Then the last track, Brazilian, probably my favourite Banks moment in the history of the band. This keyboard track is a piece of sheer genius, with Collins especially backing very strongly on his now trademark drum machine. Every time I hear this track, I hear something new and this demonstrates the genius of Banks. A great way to end an album which I regarded as a very solid return to form.

Recommended. I would probably award 3.5 stars for this, but as I am in such a good mood tonight (tonight, tonight), I'm going to round it up to four.

lazland | 4/5 |


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