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4 stars On Nursery Cryme, Genesis's best-loved lineup was together, and while they haven't quite perfected their sound, they still manage to make a very good album with interesting, powerful songs. The Musical Box comes right out of the gate with one of the kind of songs Genesis would later achieve notoriety for making; long, theatrical pieces, with good use of soft, quiet parts built around vocals, and hard, climatic guitar-led parts. For Absent Friends isn't much, less than two minutes and not all that good, but that's forgivable. After that is one of the best Genesis songs ever, Return of the Giant Hogweed. It's got power and energy, and hiding behind the silly-looking lyrics is actually a nice metaphorical description of invasive species, highlighting the Giant Hogweed, which came into Britain from Russia and grew uncontrollably. Seven Stones is a nice, catchy song, enjoyable but not particularly amazing. After that is Harold the Barrel, a short (by Genesis standards), lighthearted story, which is probably Genesis's best song under 4 minutes. Harlequin is, like For Absent Friends, not all that great, but not particularly nad- just overshadowed by the rest of the music here. Fountain of Salamacis concludes the album, and I think this is a very nice song, it reminds me of a shorter version of Supper's Ready, in that the lyrics seem to have a message but they're too abstract for one to be pulled out easily, and that there are many changes and shifts going on. So, Nursery Cryme is a very good album, probably my second favorite from Genesis. If you are interested in them and want to get some of their music, start with Foxtrot and SEBTP, then Nursery Cryme, and then Lamb. For Nursery Cryme, 4 stars- excellent addition to any collection.
Neurotarkus | 4/5 |


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