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3 stars Genesis - Wind And Wuthering (1976)

This is an album that is considered as a border between the classic progressive part of Genesis' career and Genesis' less liked (in the progressive community that is) pop part of their career. Whilst all tracks are composed quite intelligent, the overall atmosphere is gentle and romantic. There are no standout tracks with rocking moments and Steve Hackett seems to be put aside for this album. Keys are the main instrument here. The recording is better then on A Trick, but it's still not very human. The vocals are insufficient and one wishes for the return of mister Gabriel.

Some highlights are progressive parts of opener Eleventh Earl Of Mar and One For The Vine, the touchy couplets of the poppy Your Own Special Way and the great symphonic Wot Gorrilla? that reminds us of the bombastic parts of tracks like The Return of the Giant Hoghweed. Side one has good parts, but the romantic atmosphere makes me loose my attention. For that reason side two is skipped most of the time. I just don't feel motivated to listen to side two, though some of it's track are actually quite nice. I'd wish this album had some uptempo rocker's that didn't feel like there was a big pop public about to show up at there next show, but a bunch of hard rockin' proggers.

Conclusion. This album fails to keep my attention throughout and that's a big problem for me. The vocals of Phil Collins are quite boring and fail to inspire. It might still appeal to fans of the band and the symphonic genre, but this album should be considered a crossover-prog record with too few moments of glorious sympho-prog. Between three and two stars for me, but I'll rate it three stars because of the compositions that are still very intelligent.

friso | 3/5 |


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