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2 stars I added this album to my collection in 2004. Was actually unaware of its existence as I had lost interest in keeping up with Genesis after Invisible Touch. Not likely for me to go back and add any CDs to my collection between this one and Abacab. It was quickly overshadowed by my discovery of Djam Karet at the time. Since I decided to keep it in my collection it does show up periodically in my rotation scheme. I decided to give it another listen before I reviewed it. (Ok, I did skip over the more pop oriented numbers.) I'm not the harsh critic of prog that many are and as such have no problem with this being called a Genesis album. Rutherford and Banks do come across as stuck in the '80's with this one and trying to have pop success while throwing a few bones to fans of the old stuff. From what I heard, when it didn't work out, they gave it up. Probably a good thing. A quick internet search indicates R and B have quit making any new music since. With all the income coming in from the '80's stuff, I'm sure they can afford to. Here's hoping that they take the opportunity to do something more creative in the future. Hackett has occasionally ventured into pop territory but recently has put out some inspired prog (To Watch the Storms). For my tastes they will have a hard time ever topping their work from the '70's. I'd have to rate One Man's Fool as the best track here. Probably the only one to depart from the '80's sound. Also the longest track, go figure.
Slartibartfast | 2/5 |


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