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3 stars I am surprised that this album has so much consideration here in PA (number 12 of Top Album ever!). I think it's the worst of the Genesis classic period (and even Trespass is much better).

The famous "The Musical Box" (vote 7.5 / 8) is a song that starts slowly, subdued, intimist and remains in that mood for almost 4 minutes, sometimes monotonous; then comes the instrumental rock part, where the musicians show off their virtuosity, and Collins (more than Hackett) demonstrates what it's worth, characterizing the sound of Genesis with its jazz beat. The song continues up to 10 minutes alternating beautiful instrumental progressions with stunted pieces sung. Overall, it does not take off, it never reaches the climax.

"For Absent Friends" (6.5) is an acoustic piece of less than two minutes, nice in the singing, but without development. "The Return of the Giant Hogweed" (vote 8) finally begins with a nice rock rhythm where Banks and Collins give their best. A melody is missing, everything is based on rhythm that continues very pompous; after 5 minutes the song take a break, the rhythm become slower and the sound intimist; but then start again a pompous final. End of Side A.

"Seven Stones" (vote 7,5/8) is a ballad of 5 minutes with a good progression that alternates romantic epic moments to rock moments, with a lot of changing of the rhythm. "Harold the Barrel" (vote 7+) is a pop song, with the mood of a variety show song. It shows the ironic/satiric vein of Peter Gabriel. The three minutes song "Harlequin" is the worst of the album, being cloying (vote 6+). The last song, "The Fountain of Salmacis" (vote 7,5) close the Lp. It is the third long song (8 minutes) after Musical Box and Giant Hogweed, and as the other two is pompous and magniloquent. The voice of Gabriel is strangely in the background, the keyboard of Banks, as usual, lead the music (again more rhythm than melody); in the instrumental parts we can listen to bass solo.

The album is not very inspired, at a melodic level it is definitely inferior to Trespass, it requires a very attentive listening. On the whole it does not remain in mind, it is too elaborate and forced in many parts. There are good songs but they are not remarkable (not even Musical Box). The technical expertise, expecially in the instrumental parts, partly compensates for the poor melodic vein. I think this record is very overrated, probably because it is the first one with the line-up most loved by Genesis fans.

Medium quality of the songs: 7,29 Vote album: 7,5. Three stars.

jamesbaldwin | 3/5 |


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