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2.49 | 1355 ratings

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1 stars This is a website dealing with Progressive Rock. Now, with this album we are stepping into dangerous territory when it's not only no longer PROGRESSIVE - it's even no longer ROCK....

This is where Genesis reached their absolute lows. Yes, "Abacab" and "Genesis" were also pop albums, but there is pop and... there is pop. Pop music can also be creative, imaginative and have some elements that make it a worthy addition even to prog collections, although I would never give even the greatest pop masterpiece 5 stars here on PROGarchives. Their previous two albums contained songs that - although relied mainly on hooks and accessible melodies rather then elaborate instrumentation and fantasy lyrics like on early 70's records - still had some mood and identity behind them. The band still seemed to care about production, arrangements, giving the songs some kind of atmosphere. Even if it wasn't prog rock any more it was still 'rock' or 'art pop' or 'pop-rock with imagination'. With this album it isn't the case. This album is about hooks, hooks and really nothing more... It is more related to the once popular genre of 'europop' than 'pop-rock'. I feel embarrassment when I listen to most of the tracks. I just can't believe that Genesis ever could release stuff like that and don't feel embarrassed. "Invisible Touch" is a track that would fit nicely on Madonna's "Like a Virgin" record. "In to Deep" would be a nice addition to Mariah Carey's catalogue... For Genesis, this is simply an abomination. This is dance-pop, pillow-pop, you name it, in any case it has nothing to do with prog or even with rock. Even the 10-minute 'epic' (haha) "Domino" is nothing more than a boring 10 minute pop song. Only bright moment on this record is the last track, instrumental "The Brazilian" but only because - being an instrumental - it is not spoiled by stupidity of the lyrics and simplicity of vocal melodies which thoroughly pervade this album.

Still, I can only recommend it to the fans of 80's Madonna or Mariah Carey... No prog, no rock, just pop and not even good pop...

nuncjusz | 1/5 |


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