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SELLING ENGLAND BY THE POUND

Genesis

 

Symphonic Prog

4.64 | 4081 ratings

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jkillion1971
5 stars I do not make this statement lightly...for me, Selling England By The Pound is the greatest album in all of Progressive Rock.

It has everything that you could ask for in a masterpiece album - Superlative musicianship, imaginative lyrics, ambitious without being pretentious, and most of all consistently engaging throughout. Most other albums debated as the best in prog circles (Close to The Edge, In The Court of the Crimson King, Dark Side of the Moon, Hemispheres, etc.) have their moments to me, but do not consistently grab me the way SEBTP does.

SEBTP just seems to best strike that balance between ambition, length, and catchiness. I love every moment, every note. And that includes More Fool Me and Battle of Epping Forest, the two songs on the album that seem to be garner mixed opinions among previous reviewers. Not me...I find both songs to be highly enjoyable. Frankly, Peter Gabriel's opening acapella in Dancing With The Moonlit Knight just gives me chills. I put the album on and let the next hour just wash over me.

The bottom line - Selling England By The Pound is a transformative album that shows you all the best that prog rock has to offer. It is absolutely essential for any fan or prog rock.

jkillion1971 | 5/5 |

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