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SELLING ENGLAND BY THE POUND

Genesis

 

Symphonic Prog

4.65 | 4686 ratings

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craig4
3 stars probably one of the most overated PROG ROCK albums, in the Genesis back catalouge!!

I am not a big GENESIS fan so for me thay are a middle satisfactory band!! To be honest I don't see what the big fuss is all about, I find this a bit well, upper class/very indulgent, music!!

Dancing With The Moonlit Knight - nice vocals of Peter Gabriel but the intro is far too slow and doesen't intice you into the track, in other words if you do give it a chance the rock and roll kicks in, but sadly dies out, but the closing is very epic and beauiful composed, like a victorian fairytale, but not my favourite track 2/5 sorry!

I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) - Radio friendly pop music, not to my standards, the worst song on the album, I feel very awkward when this is played, very novelty sounding, far too comercial, there is no solos and that "Lawnmower" line is quite pathetic, sorry I hate this, POP does not belong in the Gabriel era and the worst Genesis track of the 70s mind you, I have heard worse by them!! 1/5, sorry but not a great Prog track, just Gnesis trying to get on the radio (big mistake guys!)

Firth Of Fifth - Wow a lovely piano intro well played by Tony Banks, lasts for about 2 minutes I think, and the vocals and music kicks in and what a great tunes too, dies down when the solos of the flute, then synthesizers and following the guitar solo of hackett kicks in, the best song on the album, ends with a piano with cool weird drone sounds. 5/5!!!

More Fool Me - again! another weak track with Phil on vocals, and he does not put effort into it either, very amateur sounding for a well known vocalist who went on to success Genesis and as a solo artist, the instruments are too quiet, and can't be barely heard, production is also poor, 1/5!!

The Battle Of Epping Forest - an epic masterpiece, very military like if it is based in the old century days, excellent keyboard works, theratical vocals of Gabriel and quite humourous at parts too!! and After The Ordeal is also a great track4/5.

The Cinema Show - well the most best part of the album is and I shouldn't really say it as it is far too self indulging yes the Moog solos, very beautifully composed almost brings tears to the eye, 5/5 for the moog solos alone, probably the lushest Moog playing Gnesis have ever done, in all the entire song is magical, like a story of a kind 5/5!!

Aisle Of Plenty - too me this is just a filler, duplicate the first track and change the words, pointless really, but a nice closer, the song is to short to go into detail 3/5!!

This is a must for all Proggers but be warned, very overrated, Genesis best album though but I have to give three stars because "I know what i like" and "More Fool me" are just bad fillers that spoil the album!!

craig4 | 3/5 |

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