Genesis
Genesis


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Review

by Matthijs van der Lee USER (219 Reviews)
August 28th, 2012 | 64 replies | 6,672 views


Release Date: 1983 | Tracklist


With 1981’s Abacab, Genesis had shed most of their progressive sensibilities, becoming more and more acquainted with commercial success. Banks, Collins and Rutherford released their self-titled follow-up two years later, which, after a period of divided songwriting in the post-Gabriel years, credited all songs to the collective trio. Though it can hardly be considered fine taste for any prog rock connoisseur, Genesis does come out slightly stronger than its predecessor.

Opener Mama runs on little more than a heavy drum machine and eerie synthesizer, Collins moving in and out of the mix with desperation-laden vocals. It’s a fairly un-poppy way to start, building definite potential, but the happily bouncing melody of That’s All is worlds apart, creating a staggering contrast between the record’s first two tracks; too many songs tend to go off into entirely different directions.

There are the obligatory ballad inclusions, of course (Taking It All Too Hard), along with a mix of material that’s not as serious-minded. The latter category ranges from pretty entertaining (Just a Job to Do) to just plain silly (Illegal Alien). The most 'progressive' piece is Home by the Sea/Second Home by the Sea. Part one throws more classic pop hooks into action, and good ones at that, whereas part two provides the much-needed instrumental stretch. A great suite, but admittedly one that cannot live up to similar compositions on Duke.

Even if they were on their way to recording a masterful pop album in 1986, Genesis hadn’t really been able to regain their footing at this point. The group’s 12th LP is decent at best, again lacking a real sense of direction. Despite a few memorable tunes, it is unworthy of its title.

Genesis Mark V:

Tony Banks – Keyboards, Vocals
Phil Collins – Vocals, Drums, Percussion
Mike Rutherford – Bass, Guitar, Vocals

Highlights:

Mama
Home by the Sea
Second Home by the Sea




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Nagrarok
August 28th 2012


8240 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Haven't been too inspired to write lately, but the show must go on.

KILL
August 28th 2012


71743 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

omg yes

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NoMeansYes
August 28th 2012


1012 Comments


Great review, and agree wholeheartedly. Losing Gabriel and Hackett ruined this band

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
August 28th 2012


15997 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty accurate review.Home By Sea/2nd Home and Silver Rainbow sorta save this album. At least it's better than that awful Invisible Touch thing that came after.

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ViperAces
August 28th 2012


12428 Comments


Good review as always.

Nagrarok
August 28th 2012


8240 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks all.

KILL
August 28th 2012


71743 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i was the only bitch who pos'd damn if you were staff you wouldnt have this prob!

static2dope
August 28th 2012


898 Comments


dw im here to help

YankeeDudel
August 28th 2012


9313 Comments


an illegal aliennnnnnnnnnn

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static2dope
August 28th 2012


898 Comments


how many ladies do you think willie has plowed

Nagrarok
August 28th 2012


8240 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

From 1 to 5 pos's. KILL's influence has become greater than I thought.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
August 28th 2012


20645 Comments


Great job Nag.

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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
August 28th 2012


21041 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

is this band good

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Nagrarok
August 28th 2012


8240 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nursery Cryme through Duke (apart from ATTWT) is the good stuff. Also The Lamb is the greatest double album ever made.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
August 28th 2012


21041 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

thanks for the analysis sonic ima check them out whats their best album?

Nagrarok
August 28th 2012


8240 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Genesis isn't for everyone after all.

YankeeDudel
August 28th 2012


9313 Comments


selling england BY THE POUND

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
August 28th 2012


21041 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

well rush is growing on me so we'll see

NightProwler
August 28th 2012


6339 Comments


Listen to Selling England by the Pound several times, then you'll rate it well

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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
August 28th 2012


21041 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

will do



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