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Mr. Mustard
4 stars Wind and Wuthering is the last true Genesis album. Their later efforts have some decent moments, but are too plagued by the pop that infiltrated their sound. This is also Hackett's last album, but the influence he has on it is paramount. A lot of the stuff on here sounds like it could have come off Voyage of the Acolyte. But overall, this is very much Tony Banks's album. The amount of keyboard here is phenomenal and the stuff he comes up with on this album is even more so.

'Eleventh Earl of Mar' (10/10) kicks off the album in a classic Genesis style that is very close to A Trick of the Tail, especially Squonk. The bass is driving, the drums pounding, and Tony adds some amazing keyboard melodies.

'One For the Vine' (10/10) has some amazing tempo and mood changes as the song progresses. Keyboards are just as strong here as the previous song, and Collins's vocals aren't half bad.

Unfortunately, 'Your Own Special Way' (4/10) is just more of a hint at the pop that would come to dominate their later albums.

'Wot Gorilla' (10/10) is a short fast paced song with some amazing keyboard melodies and Collin showing his Brand X chops on the drums.

'All in a Mouse's Night' (8/10) is a fun, if lyrically silly, song with yet another amazing keyboard melody from Banks.

'Blood On the Rooftops' (9/10) begins to show case Hackett's influence with some beautiful acoustic parts along with some stunning Mellotron which gives a rather nostalgic feeling.

'Unquiet Slumbers For the Sleeper'(9/10) and 'In That Quiet Earth' (9/10) could have literally been taken from one of Hackett's solo albums. It's just simply beautiful music.

'Afterglow' (8/10) is a dramatic conclusion to a wonderful album, with Collins passionately belting out his vocals.

Wind and Wuthering is the Post-Gabriel version of Foxtrot or Selling England, it's THAT good. In my opinion, it's also their most consistent album since Foxtrot. Unfortunately this wouldn't last, as Genesis plunged into their poppier era. W&W is the final hoorah for this amazing group.


Mr. Mustard | 4/5 |


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