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2.43 | 1172 ratings

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2 stars Can you tell me where my country lies? Definitely not in pop songs. Genesis offers up this as their thirteenth studio album. Trust me, it's nothing like their earlier work.

"Invisible Touch" is a pop song. It's not even a good pop song. I can't tell who makes it bad (maybe it's the drummer... wait a second...) It's very eighties. That's not good. The lyrics are terrible. Perhaps the would be better if Michael Jackson or Prince sang them, but Phil Collins doesn't have a pop singer's voice. This is a great revelation, and I hope you all take this into consideration while I give this song a solid 1/5.

Oh, god, more drum machine. "Tonight Tonight Tonight" is another pop song. It's slightly better than the title track, but not by much. The lyrics are still very mediocre. I've never seen a monkey come down, but I have seen one of my favorite prog bands do it and never recover. Wonder who that is... Despite being all around unappealing, there is a semi-interesting breakdown in the middle of the song that pulls this up a bit. 2/5

"Land of Confusion" is another 80's pop song. The lyrics are slightly better, and it's danceable. I think Collins may actually be sitting behind a drum kit for some of the drum parts on this song. Still, not a very good song, and definitely not prog. 2/5

If Genesis produced a record of songs similar to the last two songs, it could have pulled something of a semblance of respect from me. They're slightly good, but not within my taste ranges. "In Too Deep" just brings the album down so much. It's not just pop, it's soft pop. Collins is still trying to sing his pop songs, and, still, he's not doing very well. I always did prefer "Dance on a Volcano". Still some terrible lyrics on this song. 1/5

"Anything She Does" is another pop song. There's not much to say about pop songs. They're basically mostly the same. Collins gruffs out some vocals here, to the lyrics that look like they should actually be sung by a teenage girl in her mirror. 1/5

And, now, some redemption. "Domino" is a refreshing song that is about three eighths prog and five eighths pop. The lyrics are better (thank Banks), and Collins sounds at home singing them. Still, it's an eighties song. It runs for about ten minutes and they're some of the best ten minutes of the album, which isn't really saying much. It's no "Supper's Ready" or "Dance on a Volcano", but it's definitely not bad. I think the music could be fleshed out a bit more and performed by a proper rock group to become a great song, but the Genesis version is only good and nothing more. 3/5

"Throwing It All Away" follows a pop format. Shame, after the glimmering beacon of hope of the last song. Soft pop. Nothing more to say. Lyrics are mediocre. 1/5

"The Brazilian" is another half-glimmer of hope. It's an instrumental, which are rare in the pop world. It's still eighties tinged, and sounds like something from a movie soundtrack. It's a good enough end to the album considering what preceded it. Now, if only it were longer... 3/5

This album manages to scrape together two okay songs, but barely falls out of the one star range. Worth a twirl for "Domino" and "The Brazilian" only, but those songs aren't even all that good.

Wied | 2/5 |


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