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2.79 | 1297 ratings

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3 stars I enjoy reading reviews on this website primarily because I like studying the writing styles of others regarding progressive music, and it brings together an unusually large amount of people and egos and styles and tastes and likes and dislikes to the same arena. Without a doubt, reading the thousands of reviews and opinions contained within the Genesis portion of the archive is interesting and stimulating stuff.

The "Shapes" album reviews are particularily fun to browse. Some old school Genesis fans detest this lineup and dismiss the songs and some like the melodies and the pop structures. Some reviewers are lukewarm and others have warmed up to their updated sound. In any capacity the divisions are staggering, therefore I find them interesting.

Now, instead of reviewing the site I'll review the record---

I find the progressive and pop collisions enjoyable on Genesis' self titled 1983 release. My favorite songs, Taking It All Too Hard, Just A Job To Do, and That's All fit the pop mold, and accent the progressive elements contained within the album, specifically both Home By The Seas and Mama. In my eyes, Illegal Alien gets a bum rap from prog reviewers, although I respect the viewpoint and understand why. It's almost R and B pumping through your speakers when that song comes on. Personally, I enjoy it, I think it's a good party fun time song.

At any rate, of course it doesn't hit the highs of the Genesis glory period, but I like some 80's pop once in a while and it can't be argued that these men are as accomplished as musicians come. I'd rather listen to this Genesis album over just about any new wave or synth pop album that came out of 1983. According to these rating guidelines, I'll give it 3 because it really isn't even close to an excellent addition in any prog music collection. I think it's good, but non-essential for prog aficionados. I'll give it a low four in my own rankings, for me it's 40+ minutes well spent

Suedevanshoe | 3/5 |


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