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NURSERY CRYME

Genesis

 

Symphonic Prog

4.42 | 2193 ratings

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Equality 7-2521
4 stars Genesis takes an enormous song-writing jump from Trespass to Nursery Crime, greatly due no doubt to the acquisition of Phil Collins and Steve Hackett. The sound changes from the more folk heavy sound of their second album to the classic symphonic breed of music that Genesis would pioneer and be loved for producing.

Genesis attains an aggression on this album that they would fail to achieve on any other release thereafter. This occurs due to Gabriel's dramatic and heartfelt singing containing a certain necessary rasp in his voice on Nursery Crime pivotal in the delivery of songs such as "The Musical Box" and "The Return Of The Giant Hogweed". Also, Hackett's soloing adds a high energy edge to the songs that wasn't possible with Anthony Philips. The two together create some downright raw and powerful songs that wouldn't be seen again in Genesis' career. The remaining songs are symphonic masterpieces hinting toward the sound that would be further developed on following albums.

Even on the remastered edition of the album, the production is slightly muddy which greatly takes away from its enjoyability. It particularly hurts Mike Rutherford who is often lost in the mix due to the poor production. However, this still stands as a one of a kind Genesis album and an excellent footnote in prog history.

Equality 7-2521 | 4/5 |

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