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3 stars The opening track Mama (6:49) from this eponymous Genesis album, also known as "shapes", had moderate air play in Australia, which was unusual for what is a longer song. The progressions are quite interesting to listen to. 4 stars

That's All. 3 stars. Good but not particularly interesting.

Home by The Sea / Second Home by the Sea (11:15). This double track is excellent and harks back to days when there were four (or perhaps even when there were five). Lyrically and instrumentally ambitious with great keyboard solos and interesting guitar. 5 stars

Illegal Alien. Works okay as a MTV video but should have been kept as a non-album single. 2 stars

Taking it all Too Hard is a typically pedestrian Collins/Mechanics effort. OK but not really for Genesis 2 stars

Just a Job to Do. The lyrical theme has already been used too many times (Battle of Epping Forest, Robbery Assault and Battery, Ballad of Big). 2.5 stars maybe 3 stars with different lyrics.

Silver Rainbow. This song leaves the listener wanting more. It has all the bits for a great song but requires further development. Has some nice keyboards and weird lyrics (What is it with the Bear?). This track is only 4:30 and feels as if has been deliberately cut short. Perhaps another case of Tony being out-voted again and told to keep it short? If this was properly developed could have been 5 stars but as we hear it 4 stars.

It's Gonna Get Better. Like Silver Rainbow this has the potential for a good song with a bit more development (and better lyrics). 3 stars

Overall 3.4 Stars. Good, but non-essential.

KeepItDark | 3/5 |


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