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4 stars To begin with, I have to say one thing: I love and adore this band simply because of their braveness. Believe me, if it wasn't for albums like Wind and Wuthering, ABACAB, Genesis and Invisible Touch I don't think I would be here in the first place. I love and breathe music since I was a child who could barely walk or speak so I think that I have earned the right to speak with much more conviction than these Expert Prog guys here who try to trash and dismiss every single thing that Phil(in particular), Mike and Tony did after Wind and Wuthering.

Let's get one thing straight, the success of this band relied on their capability to evolve, change and mature (YES) throughout the years. That's what attracted me (and the whole world) and has drown me into their music ever since. I know how to recognize a good piece of music regardless of who wrote it, sang it, produced it, prog, rock, pop, disco etc. I am not prejudiced.

Some Prog Rock fans have a very limited taste and a horrendous bad judgment of what good music should be. They cannot stand a ballad or a love song, even if it has a beautiful melody, lyrics and a serious fantastic production. I'm saying this because I know that all of you regard Wind and Wuthering a fantastic album but discard ''Your Own Special Way'' as a low point. I mean, really? My god, that's one of the most beautiful songs that I have ever heard, but I think that you people think while you listen to it: - Oh my god, it's a straightfoward, direct love song. My god, I cannot listen to this. Skip, skip.... Guys, come on... Do you really think that such diverse and talented musicians would continue to do the same thing over and over again?

They had to keep up with the times and Invisible Touch was the perfect album for it. Full of engaging, beautiful, well crafted rock/pop songs with hints of their prog roots. Of course, the production now sounds a little bit dated but remember, this was the 80's. These songs got better arrangements when they were taken on the road. (Especially the 87, 91 tours). Daryl Stuermer has done some fantastic songs of some of them in his recent Genesis Rewired Tour.

''People that like Genesis' prog roots probably hate "Invisible Touch" but there's a reason this sold 15 million copies while albums like "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" only get masturbated over by dudes who like to play Magic the Gathering and watch Star Trek; it was just a masterfully executed pop album that appealed to a much wider audience. In an age where pop ruled and quite frankly 85% of it was hackneyed prototypical radio fare, "Invisible Touch" was the rare album that had a shred of depth in a genre that pretty much hates the concept. Maybe it's because they were so damn arty and smart(anyone here on progarchives?), but Genesis was able to easily make the transition from wankery to studio pop mastery.'' Just ask Pat Bateman.

It's time for you to eat all your words, swallow your pride and open your eyes.

Uncool | 4/5 |


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