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The Watch



3.51 | 128 ratings

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3 stars Not to be deterred by the end of his previous project, The Night Watch, Simone Rossetti gathered together a new lineup, who would call themselves The Watch in reference to the earlier band, and together the assembled musicians would continue their fallen predecessor's mission to revive the sound of early Genesis - with enough modern twists and turns to the compositions to create a compelling idea of what the classic-era Genesis sound might have evolved into if the band had extrapolated the direction of Selling England or Nursery Cryme forward by a few decades.

Original? Not even slightly. But like The Night Watch before them, The Watch show every evidence of really understanding the Genesis approach inside and out, and so they are able to create far more satisfying compositions than many clone bands, with Rossetti's vocals in particular absolutely nailing Peter Gabriel's early 1970s style. In fact, the major issue I have with the album is that it trades a little too hard on Rossetti's vocals, with the backing musicians not getting quite enough of a chance to shine in their own right and not really making the most of what opportunities they do have.

Warthur | 3/5 |


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