Genesis
Nursery Cryme


4.0
excellent

Review

by Matthijs van der Lee USER (219 Reviews)
March 6th, 2012 | 53 replies


Release Date: 1971 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Genesis finally getting their sound together.

While Trespass proved a step in the right direction, Genesis didn’t start to develop the full extent of their sound until their third record. Bolstered with the more versatile Steve Hackett and Phil Collins, the classic quintet was finally realized on Nursery Cryme, introducing what many (rightfully) consider the greatest period in the band’s history. Genesis were not afraid to be different and continued to distinguish themselves not only from the general standards of pop music, but also among the rest of the British progressive wave that emerged during the early 70’s.

Nursery Cryme further expanded upon the kind of theatrical rock epic first exercised on Trespass, specifically its culminating closer, The Knife. The record is more or less centred around three of these lengthier compositions, alternated with somewhat shorter tales and pleasant interludes: a basic structure that would also be applied to later albums. What makes their third album an immediate greater accomplishment is that Genesis are mastering the build and release of tension, something that was one of the underdeveloped aspects of its less extrovert predecessor.

The contrast shows quickly on the 10-minute The Musical Box, which Gabriel opens softly along some beautiful guitar work. The vocals hint only very subtly at the upcoming aggression, which enters with sudden electrified guitar and an alarming organ melody, while Collins goes out to show his chops behind the kit. The drummer-turned-singer didn’t take long to receive his first vocal spotlight, effectively singing lead on the pleasant For Absent Friends.

Although his part would be somewhat diminished in favour of Banks’ leading role, Hackett extensively displays his unique tone on the brilliant opener, which introduces the classic Genesis sound in truly great fashion. Another one of his finest contributions is the raw, distorted solo during The Return of the Giant Hogweed; not the tale of an actual giant that it may seem, but of the introduction of a certain plant named giant hogweed in the United Kingdom, which had hazardous environmental consequences.

Gabriel’s trademark storytelling, whether playful or serious, soon became one of Genesis’ signature traits. He fires his lyrics rapidly on the shorter Harold the Barrel, voicing multiple characters in a scenario describing a restaurant owner who jumps to his death in front of a crowd. He is also at his dramatic best on The Fountain of Salmacis, concerning a nymph in Greek mythology that attempted to rape Hermaphroditus (the child of Hermes and Aphrodite). The final track is perhaps the most bombastic piece on the album and employs the mellotron in a way that recalls King Crimson’s Epitaph.

Nursery Cryme was another milestone for Genesis, improving on their previous effort in every possible sense and allowing their imagination to run wild, thanks to the successful chemistry and combined ability of the classic five-piece. The first of four essentials.

Genesis Mark III:

Peter Gabriel – Vocals, Flute
Steve Hackett – Guitar
Tony Banks – Organ, Piano, Mellotron, Vocals
Mike Rutherford – Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Phil Collins – Drums, Vocals

Highlights:

The Musical Box
The Return of the Giant Hogweed
Seven Stones
The Fountain of Salmacis




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Nagrarok
March 6th 2012


8259 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

TURN AND RUN

KILL
March 6th 2012


71957 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review as usual, album rules hard, the musical box and fountain rape my ass

Digging: Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
March 6th 2012


4442 Comments


I've been reading your Genesis reviews, and I'm deciding to give them a second listen. well written, Pos'd.

Fugue
March 6th 2012


7353 Comments


Lovelovelove this.

Ire
March 6th 2012


41795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ossum

tarkus
March 6th 2012


5560 Comments


havent heard this one

KILL
March 6th 2012


71957 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

damn dude, up there with the best

Nagrarok
March 6th 2012


8259 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Lovelovelove this.


Your review on this is pretty damn good.

havent heard this one


You seriously have to get on that.

Thanks again fellas.

YankeeDudel
March 6th 2012


9313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I dig the early Genesis love on this site. One of the best bands of all time from 71-76.

Digging: The The - Soul Mining

Nagrarok
March 6th 2012


8259 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'd say '71-'74 but a Trick of the Tail is still great.

KILL
March 6th 2012


71957 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

agreed the band wasnt the same without gabriel, but thats common knowledge to everyone cept hans

tarkus
March 6th 2012


5560 Comments


i really havent heard nearly as much Genesis as i should, ive only heard lamb and selling and foxtrot

Ire
March 6th 2012


41795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

agreed the band wasnt the same without gabriel, but thats common knowledge to everyone cept hans


rofl hans is that guy at the record shop who tries to argue that s/t and duke are the best genesis albums.

Nagrarok
March 6th 2012


8259 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i really havent heard nearly as much Genesis as i should, ive only heard lamb and selling and foxtrot


Those three and this are their best work, so....

tarkus
March 6th 2012


5560 Comments


lol

that reminds me
my engineering teacher played abacab and we cant dance all the fucking time

MO
March 6th 2012


18857 Comments


holy shit 207 reviews and you're not even a contrib? wtf

KILL
March 6th 2012


71957 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

agreed pretty sure hans 5'd invisible touch

anyway tarkus get this and trespass, trick of the tail is good too

Nagrarok
March 6th 2012


8259 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I actually like Invisible Touch, heard that pop Genesis growing up.

Jethro is needed in this thread.

YankeeDudel
March 6th 2012


9313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yea but their first 2 albums post Gabriel were still great. Los Endos, In That Quiet Earth, Dance On A Volcano, Squonk, Eleventh Earl Or Marl, Wot Gorilla, and others are progtastic. This is my Dads favorite band so Ive been listening to all this stuff for as long as I can remember. Shame most people these days only know 80s Genesis. They should be right there with Pink Floyd IMO.

KILL
March 6th 2012


71957 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

agreed, even duke is ok but after that i dont dig them at all



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