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SELLING ENGLAND BY THE POUND

Genesis

 

Symphonic Prog

4.63 | 2885 ratings

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Marty McFly
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Errors and Omissions Team
5 stars These most rated albums are difficult to rate. You want to have your opinion, but also don't want to be the one who's giving bad rating. And if giving, is this rating true ? Isn't it just your disappointment. Every track sounds epicaly, even when not having epical lenght.

This is probably my hardest one to review. It's because I'm stunned by sheer quality of this. Maybe it sounds foolish, but it would be far easier if it was some lesser known album. It's milestone of Genesis work. I can appreciate lyrics a lot, but only when I understand them. Of course I take this album very differently, than native speaker, for me they're this kind of British style I like. Well and after so many listening (thanks to so easy-to-approach-kind-of-music) I think I understand them.

Little bit lamenting "Dancing With the Moonlit Knight" (Moonlight?), which I take as ironic parody of then-current British Isles (I understand what "chewing your..." means when I read description on wikipedia, it didn't even crossed my mind, because I didn't know what Wimpy means) with great intro, something like a capella, but after just seconds, gentle guitar comes (and synth).

"Wardrobe" is annoying song for me, something like Love to Love You on Caravan's album from similar year. I skip it when I can.

"Fifth of the Firth" with weird lyrics (which I though I'll understand, after reading article on wikipedia about this song - bad luck, no understanding now, they're still same crazy as before), but nice melody. When I wasn't thinking about lyrics (I didn't read them), all song was nicer, but only a little bit. Still it's good one and when I first listen this song, I was repeating first three minutes over and over again. Then, as I was listening (I know this album for about 9 months now, it was my first introduction to Genesis musis), I realise that I can appreciate middle part solo too. And maybe even more.

do you want other tracks ?

EDIT June 2010 - I'll leave this text as it is, I realized that keeping it that way is nice effort to see "how I wrote" when I started. It's my 10th review, so nothing big yet.

5(+), because of because (hehe). And after all these listens, I even like "Wardrobe", even it's not as good as others are.

Marty McFly | 5/5 |

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