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3 stars Wind And Wuthering is the second Genesis album by the era of the band fronted by Phil Collins and the last before poppy elements would be overtly present on a Genesis album. This album is also the last with Steve Hackett. I always found this album to be less enjoyable than the previous A Trick Of the Tail, but still includes some good moments.

"Eleventh Earl of Mar" is largely a forgettable symphonic prog track with a heavy-sounding bass and an aggressive guitar solo in the middle. I consider the second half of the song to be more enjoyable; it's beautiful with acoustic guitar picking and mellotron droning coupled with soft vocals.

"One for the Vine" starts with a mesmerizing guitar line and continues with beautiful keyboard. It gradually progresses through soft passages and more symphonic passages, until the middle of the track which features an eclectic and fast paced interlude that is very fun to listen to. A very enjoyable track.

"Your Own Special Way" is mostly just a beautiful symphonic ballad and is highly enjoyable. Again, I'm reminded of how Collins voice much better suits this style than Gabriel. Very beautiful, with a hint of barely noticeable country ballad influence (I'm so thankful that element isn't more prominent. I really don't like country at all.)

"Wot Gorilla?" is a nice symphonic interlude with some decent melodies, but it isn't really significant in anyway besides the wacky name.

"All in a Mouse's Night" is a song that I never thought of as being important. It's very symphonic, but also kind of plastic sounding (foreshadowing the sound that Genesis would soon adopt in full). The only parts of this song that really stood out to me were the funky passage near the beginning and the guitar solo at the end, which is very powerful.

"Blood on the Rooftops" is a beautiful track that starts with a beautifully classical inspired guitar solo by Steve Hackett, and his classical playing continues throughout the song as vocals and mellotron eventually come in. This is one of the best and most beautiful tracks on this album.

"Unquiet Slumbers For The Sleepers..." starts off beautiful and ghostly before revealing a passage of fast paced symphonic rock with very powerful drumming and a very interesting guitar solo. The ending of this track gets heavy and monstrous. This is one of the best instrumentals by Genesis. "...In That Quiet Earth" is the second half of the previous track, and it seems unnecessary that this track is separated. It's more of the same, but still very enjoyable.

The previous track flows seamlessly into "Afterglow", which is a slow paced and heavily symphonic ballad type of song and is very beautiful. Mildly catchy, this is a great ending to this album, although nothing new is going on here.

I enjoyed A Trick of the Tail much more than this album, but this is still better than the albums recorded during the Gabriel fronted era. Most of the music here is well thought out and enjoyable with great playing from all members of the band. Unfortunately, this album marks the end of Genesis' classic sound, making way for a poppy sound that would dominate their future albums. This album, however, I highly recommend.

colorofmoney91 | 3/5 |


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