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4.10 | 1837 ratings

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The T
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4 stars This record is really good but misses the greatness mark for a couple of reasons, and those are purely song-related:

Eleventh Earl Of Mar (8/10) is a good opener, a pure prog-rock song in an upbeat tempo that gives all the musicians a good oportunity to make the statement: Genesis is still prog.

One For The Vine (9/10) the best track of the album, a long, multi-faceted song, with tempo and mood changes...very melodic, very well structured, and with great musicianship specially by Mr. Banks....

Your Own Special Way (4/10) I love prog ballads, I love prog down tempo songs, I love simple, easy pieces...this one is all of that, but it has a sound to itself, certain parts are just too POP, not even pop-rock but PURE POP...and Collins, for a moment he sounds like a bad copy of J.Lennon ....a lame track..

Wot Gorilla? (7/10), a good instrumental, great playing by Banks. It has a jazzy feel to it.

All In A Mouse's Night (9/10) again, somebody say that without the lyrics this was a great song...I say, it's a great song thanks to a perfect marriage of lyrics and that's the art of it....if you hear the music by itself, it's not that amazing...if you read the lyrics only as poetry, they don't amount to much, although they have a good sense of irony going for them... but you combine them, and you can actually put yourself in the mouse place, you can feel the mouse's suffering, you can see the cat or the loving couple coming, and you can reverse to the cat's side when the end abruptly comes...that's called descriptive music (well, not really, not in the classical music meaning, but it's very close): it DESCRIBES a moment, an event... the story is not a deep analisis of mankind? Forget it! The true art here is that that story is well put to music... this was made better in later albums by other bands, but this was a good effort....

Blood On The Rooftops (8/10) good track, featuring acoustic guitars by Hackett who plays a beautiful intro (although I always detect some sort of fingering error at some point...maybe I'm wrong) followed by a good performance by Collins...this is a slow song, this is Collins at his mellow side...but it never sounds BARBRA STREISAND-LIKE as Your own special way....

Unquiet Slumbers For The Sleepers (9/10), followed by In That Quiet Earth (9/10), great instrumentals, great playing by Hackett first, and then by Banks...but we cannot allow ourselves to forget Rutheford's bass performance here, playing a continous ostinato like descending bass line with subtle ornaments, very good. Even Collins, the band's only member that was not a fantastic musician (he was a good drummer, but not in the league of Brufford, Palmer, Bozzio or today's monsters), does an excellent job here. This set flows directly into,

Afterglow (9/10), a terrific song, with an inspired performance by Phil Collins. There's a melancholy to this piece...good, very good song.

A very good album, the last with Hackett and probably the last 100% prog album Genesis ever released.


The T | 4/5 |


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