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2.49 | 1014 ratings

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3 stars And Then There Were Two...

I`m actually new to this album in the year 2013. Simply put, if Big Big Train or Spock`s Beard released this album today if would garner an easy 4 star rating across the board. I`ve hesitated to buy this after reading many bad reviews, but noticed the reviews on progarchives are all over the map. Curmudgeon Genesis Purists vs. The Super Fan. There's a lot to enjoy for both parties. I had never heard the vocals of Ray Wilson, but he fits the music well. For a prog rock fan, this is indeed the best album since `Duke``. The commercial sounding tracks on `Stations` don`t quite go the lengths of those on Duke, however. You won`t find any track simlar to `Turn It On Again``. More like Mike & The Mechanics meets a Tony Banks solo album. Some of this material is quite sparse but engaging at the same time. The track "Alien Afternoon" can stand tall with "Carpet Crawlers" from the early period. It's a classic Genesis track to these ears. A fine vocal performance from Ray Wilson, Collins-like drumming for ND'V and some fine atmospheric guitar from Mr. Rutherford. The rest of the album is just as great. I find that this is the first Genesis album in a long time that didn't make me cringe a-la-We Can't Dance. No dancing, folks...just PROG...and you can buy it for a meagre penny (+ shipping) at Amazon. Take me to the Congo!

Recommended to those who enjoy Tony Banks solo works, Alan Parsons Project, '80s-period Camel, Keats and Squackett.

Gooner | 3/5 |


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