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GENESIS REVISITED II

Steve Hackett

 

Eclectic Prog

3.89 | 504 ratings

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Dark Nazgul
3 stars Nostalgia for the good old days ...

This album by Steve Hackett is yet another tribute to Genesis and in particular to some songs from their best period. The songs are played with a lot of respect ... but perhaps too much. Compared to the first "Genesis Revisited" (the 1996 tribute album) the reinterpretation of these masterpieces is certainly less bold and experimental, the songs are in fact very similar to the original versions.

Of course the quality of the music is very high, just scroll the titles of the track list, but what needs to be rated in this case it is not the quality of the songs in itself, but rather the quality of their modern reinterpretation, and from this point of view, perhaps you notice the lack of an appropriate innovative spirit.

Some tracks, such as The Musical Box, Blood On The Rooftops and the four songs of "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" are very effective and powerful. Nik Kershaw sings The Lamia with its distinctive timbre that I remember in the '80s when he starred in the charts with singles like "The Riddle" or "I Won't Let The Sun Go Down On Me"; he sings in a quite remarkable way, particularly for the interpretation of the song.

Other tracks are, in my opinion, less successful. Return Of The Giant Hogweed, played along with Transatlantic, is a jumble of harsh sounds and exaggerations (... also typical of Neal Morse). I think the female voice, in Ripples, is out of place. Other tracks, such as Dancing With The Moonlit Knight, Entangled and Can-Utility and the Coastliners, while absolutely listenable, are too similar to the originals to get me excited.

Overall this is a good job, recommended to lovers of Genesis in the early seventies.

Final rating: 6/10. Three Stars.

Best song: The Musical Box..

Dark Nazgul | 3/5 |

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