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4 stars W & W is aurally such a beautiful album, but I understand and appreciate the other reviewers who declaim the devolution of Progressive Rock into a "neo-progressive" era with this album and its predecessor, A Trick of the Tail. There is definitely a change in temperament, as if the band made purposeful choice to seek a larger, more commercial audience (as their concerts also began to display with their increasing dependence on expensive technical wizardry to draw in the big stadium crowds). Still, there is good music here, very good. "One for the Vine" [8/10], "Blood on the Rooftops" [10/10], and even "Eleventh Earl of Mar" [10/10 musically, 3/10 lyrically] have some classic Genesis elements, but more often than not, the sound draws one in but then the lyrics or simplified song structures lose one's attention. E.g. "Eleventh Earl of Mar" opens the LP with such promise-and musically continues to do so, but those lyrics! Ridiculous! Same with "All in a Mouse's Night" [9/10 musically, 2/10 lyrically]. The rest of the album is too much "trying too hard" to impress (Steve Hackett on "'Unquiet Slumbers for the Sleepers/In that Quiet Earth" [6/10], Phil on "Wot Gorilla" [5/10]) or to get a pop hit ("Your Own Special Way" [3/10] and "Afterglow" [3/10]). Again, an amazingly warm sound with the usual high Genesis musicianship; song composition has met with an impasse: the lyrical content and commercial desire are not served by the old song constructs. 7 out of 10, a low 4.0 for still being worth a listen.
BrufordFreak | 4/5 |


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