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2.78 | 1207 ratings

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2 stars Genesis doing pop. Are they good?

They are not bad. However, why would you want a pop album in a progressive rock collection?

the first side of the album is pretty good. Mama starts the album with its industrial feel, and electronic drums (which sounds powerful). The keyboard riff gives a creepy mood and its bizarre laughs going "HaHAA ... oowwww" are very interesting. That's all is a decent pop number with a catchly riff. However, the riff also sounds a bit cheesy and is overused (even on the weak keyboard solo). Down By The Sea starts as a very good pop song with great melodies, and ends with a decent instrumental. However, the instrumental is very weak by Genesis standards.

The second side is very disappointing. Songs like Illegal Alien really can make you wonder if this is the same band that composed Cinema Show. The melodies are terrible, and the instrumentation is silly. The other songs are unremarkable ballads or pop songs. The only exception is Silver Rainbow which may be the best track of the album. The song itself is not great, but its choruses are what make the song (like in Snowbound). The choruses really shine thanks to their lovely keyboard stabs and outstanding vocal harmonies. As a result, Silver Rainbow is extremely catchy!

Side 1 Summary: A mixture of pop, instrumentals, and experimentation. 2.5 stars Side 2 Summary: A great song plus 4 bad songs. 1.5 stars

Highlights: Silver Rainbow, Mama, Home By The Sea Let Downs: Illegal Alien

My Grade: D

Zitro | 2/5 |


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