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INVISIBLE TOUCH

Genesis

 

Symphonic Prog

2.39 | 886 ratings

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Conor Fynes
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3 stars 'Invisible Touch' - Genesis (6/10)

To start things off, I really do not know what's so wrong or awful about this album. I can understand why prog afficionados would think it was not prog (for the most part; it isn't) but just to say that it isn't a work of progressive music doesnt mean to say that it's awful.

However, I might be drawn towards supporting the album from default; seeing as it was one of the first albums I remember ever listening to alot. Let me explain...

As a child, I can solidly remember listening to these songs alot; my parents put on this album quite a bit when I was young. This was a long time before I started to introduce music to myself, and I really liked the album 'Invisible Touch' as an infant. A good decade or so before I would start really getting into prog, 'Invisible Touch' was already well-listened to.

When I finally got into prog, I searched everywhere for the CD (now being into Genesis' earlier stuff, I wanted to go back and listen again to the album that had been with me as a child) but I could not find it...

...as luck would have it, a few days ago I found the CD lying around and without hesitation, I put away my prog CDs for a bit to listen to this blast from the past.

I have to say that upon first listen, I was really blown away by how familiar, yet how unfamiliar all of the music was. I consciously felt my memories of childhood being brought to the forefront. With a progressive outlook on music, 'Domino' really stood out to me as being epic.

After a few repeated listens, the pop tendencies of the album began to age the album a bit too quickly. The album is songwritten very thoughtfully, but as time went on, I became weary of all of the songs on here that sound a bit too much like Phil Collins' solo career; very balladesque and slow. On songs like 'In Too Deep' and 'Throwing It All Away,' my attention wanes. Even though they are very well written ballads, there's just too much of it on one album.

Highlights include the incredibly catchy and lovely 'Invisible Touch' (while being a pop song, I still love it) and the epic 'Domino.' While the majority of the album is pop, 'Domino' definately falls in as being a majestic piece that covers a multitude of moods and feelings throughout it's extended length.

From a solely progressive viewpoint, this is a non-essential album with a few highlights. From an honest viewpoint however, it's a special album to me, and on a general music sight I would gladly rate it a 4.5 (being marred only by the heavy concentration on ballads.)

A great, intelligent pop album, but unessential by progressive standards.

Conor Fynes | 3/5 |

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