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GENESIS

Genesis

 

Symphonic Prog

2.79 | 1247 ratings

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criticdrummer94
5 stars I hate when people complain about Genesis making pop music. You try making pop music, ain't so easy and probably a bunch of fans discovered them through the pop years and went back like me. This is one of my favorite Genesis albums top to bottom great pop great prog and has a lot of artsy creativity on it and really works.

Mama: Great opener that really creates an atmosphere. You could say it's Genesis In the Air Tonight because of the similar structure but this one has a better lyric, instrumentation and Phil is singing so much better on this album one of his best performances. With a memorable drum machine, sparse keyboards and guitars it really puts you in a strong dark mood.

That's All: Great pop song with a nice chuggy beat to it. Similar to Rocky Raccoon by The Beatles which Tony said was an influence on the sound of this one. It kinda sounds like a 80s electronic Beatle song which isn't bad. Very memorable and me and my friend sing it all the time at school.

Home by the Sea/Second Home by the Sea: I'm combing both because I can. It starts with a nice guitar riff and has a popness to it as it begins but slowly gets more prog as it goes and surges into Second with that amazing Simmons drum kit sound and they just go with a great instrumental which then makes this my favorite Genesis song of all time

Illegal Alien: I don't see how people make fun and hate on this song. How can you take a song where Phil is singing with a Hispanic accent about being an immigrant seriously? It's just a short quirky song and I have a soft spot for it.

Taking It All Too Hard: Typical Rutherford ballad that I don't care for. Never interests me and usually skip

Just a Job to Do: Interesting rock song that keeps going with an interesting riff on it with a great chorus.

Silver Rainbow: A great song with great lyrics and instrumentation. It has a mood to it and I relate to the lyrics and should be more recognized as one of Genesis best

It's Gonna Get Better: A great song with backwards keyboards on it with some inspirational lyrics that have helped me in life before.

Overall, a great prog pop record that I always go back too. 5 Stars. Highlights: Mama, That's All, Home by the Sea, Second Home by the Sea, Just a Job to Do, Silver Rainbow and It's Gonna Get Better

criticdrummer94 | 5/5 |

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