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2.47 | 1242 ratings

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1 stars I'm really gonna trash this album...I can feel it. The songs traipse along for far too long, and we all could have done without (gag) "Invisible Touch". Yet, it was a huge hit. Meh...

Genesis were one of the first-wave prog bands (not that there was a second wave, mind you) and they unleashed some of the greatest prog-rock we've ever known on the world in the 70's. "ABACAB" started the slip, and now we have "Invisible Touch". Any idiot could've written the title track, as repulsive as it is. Banks' keyboards are the most prominent thing here, far too jolly and insignificant for anybody other than the braindead to consider it prog.

Music is supposed to challenge the listener, to awake emotions and feelings in the listener. The only thing this disc makes me do it vomit. I've already gotten my quibble with the title track out of the way, so let me move on to the other "songs".

"Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" sounds like something that could've found its way onto Britney Spears' 1st disc, albeit in a truncated form. It tools along aimlessly in search of a melody, while Phil Collins' chorus vocal sounds like a football game chant. Yuck!

"Land Of Confusion" could've been a good song, if it had been a little more guitar-oriented. Instead, the song plays out like one of the lesser tracks off "Grace Under Pressure" from RUSH (see my review for that one). And...speaking of guitars, where the hell is Rutherford? I hear nothing but occasional bass thud and snippets of guitar that sound like a synth. Thought that was Banks' department.

Clearly, the show is Collins's alone, and he does a great job of making this WHOLE disc (including DOMINO and THE BRAZILIAN) sounds like "No Jacket Required" castoffs. I hear no prog, no clever songwriting, no nothing! The producton is crude, the "songs" are far too crappy, and Collins' voice sits uncomfortably in a trio format. Moreover, I could've done without the band's and Hugh Padgham's super-glistening production job. It sounds much like "GUP" from Rush...I can't help myself...there are so many similarities (despite the 2-year gap in releases) that it sounds like they very well could've been in the same studio together. My gag reflex is starting to run away with me, so I think I'll close for now.

sbrushfan | 1/5 |


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