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5 stars ([Joke] Take a shot everytime I say 'emotional')

Genesis last Masterpiece, not one bad song, emotional lyrics, gorgeous soundscapes and finally brilliant songwriting from the trio. First of all, the lyrical content takes the situation of Phil Collins divorce and presents it in an emotional and depressing manner. The musical songwriting Is also very emotional and most songs aren't technically hard to play, but it is a bit of a game of 'Find It', some parts in songs are technically difficult to play. Best thing about the album is its originality, nothing at this time really sounded like this (unless you count one or two songs from 'The Missing Piece' by 'Gentle Giant', but they were trying to be Genesis at that time anyways). So! To the songs!

First on the album, 'Behind the lines' opens up the album really well (and the 2007 tour as well). The opening is technically difficult on drums (shocking...), catchy opening with Tony's cp70, Phil's boomy drums and Mike's fitting bass and guitar playing. After the intro to the song, we are moved onto a Progpop song that has good lyrical content. Followed by Phil Collins emotional voice, Tony Banks keyboard chord progression makes for a great opening track. 'Duchess', a lyrical masterpiece is the late 70s and early 80s Genesis. The music is slow and melodic, emotional (yet again) follows up well with the previous. The fade in between the songs makes the transitions flow better on the entire album. 'Guide Vocal' The Tony Banks bit, with Phil Collins lyrics yet again. Another really soft song on this soft album. 'Man of Our Times' is a Mike Rutherford song similar to that of 'Snowbound' on the '...and then there were three' album. A little more bombastic but still shared a similar style. 'Misunderstanding', ahhhh the hit on the album. This song (as previously said) was the big hit on the album written by Phil Collins, very comparable to that of Phil Collins' solo stuff. 'Heathaze' is yet again an emotional song by the band, here's the thing... this song was meant to be replaced (at one point) by 'Evidence of Autumn' which is another more Tony Banks style song, both songs of course being good fits for the album.. and of course they are both not comparable with any of the older Genesis. 'Turn it on Again', yet another hit on the album in 13/4 (not 13/8 as many would believe), it does show the bands ability to write a good song in an odd time (like they have previously proven). 'Alone Again' is yet Another emotional song on this album (I've used that phrase a lot in this review). This song is on the slower side and shows the bands ability to make a slow, upsetting song. 'Cul-de-sac' is a Tony Banks style song meant to be another emotional piece on this already depressing album. The songwriting shows Tony Banks ability to write soft chord progressions with originality. 'Please Don't Ask', more and more emotions are continuing to flow out of this masterpiece of an album... getting tired of me saying masterpiece and emotional yet? Yes? Then you might want to leave, but if not then we only have a few more songs to go so... you know what, just stick around. 'Duke's Travels' is essentially an instrumental with callbacks to 'Guide Vocal' from the beginning of the album, an interesting way to bring the album full circle before the real end of the album. 'Duke's End' is the real callback of the entire album. Unbelievably identical to the intro to 'Behind the Lines'. Thus making this song the perfect way to end off a really great album.

Now I know that I have a lot of album reviews with 5 star ratings, but this is one of the most underrated Genesis albums. Sadly this album is the bands last fantastic album. As with a lot of bands, they all start to have a decline in their lifetime. Abacab was the next album by the band that isn't really comparable to this album but it isn't a bad album either.

Anyways, I will close off this review by saying that this album is absolutely stunning and a progressive Rock masterpiece. Thank you Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks for writing such an amazing album.

Zoltanxvamos | 5/5 |


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