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  • Audio Cassette (Oct. 17 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002IGL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 95 customer reviews
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2013 limited edition Virgin Records 40 series vinyl reissue. Universal

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Witnessing an attempt at genre crossover is kind of like watching a logrolling competition. The failures are almost as excruciatingly embarrassing for the audience as they are for the performer. But when one gets a glimpse at one of the rare success stories: Ah! What a thing of beauty! Genesis's 1983 eponymous release sits proudly in the latter camp. Laying down nine midtempo tracks that are full and crisp without wearing too glossy of a pop sheen, Phil Collins, Tony Banks, and Mike Rutherford create an aural world where Yes fans and those who like chart-toppers live in harmony. And whatever lyrical well Collins chooses to tap proves to be a gusher, whether he is dipping into reservoirs of Gabrielan menace ("Mama," "Home by the Sea," "Silver Rainbow"), stealing a page from pop music's huge tome of conflicted-heart numbers ("That's All," "Taking It All To Hard"), or getting just plain ol' ridiculous ("Illegal Alien"). At the risk of seriously ruffling indie-rock feathers, one might even say that, in a way, Genesis sits as the great-grandfather of Radiohead's OK Computer. The idea that your body can rock while your brain gets tickled ain't a new one; it's just that people don't put it into practice that often. --Bob Michaels --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.


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Format: Audio CD
It has often been said that Phil Collins moved Genesis from progressive to popular music, but I think the group managed to maintain at least a progressive feel in a lot of their work. I think it is fair to say that they did have many songs which one would not call progressive at all, but at the same time one can't ignore those pieces which clearly aren't pop style songs.

"Mama" opens the album and was released as the first single, but it is hardly a standard "pop" song by any measure. It has a darker sound than one would expect for a Genesis song, though it does fit well with other songs on the album. The song didn't do very well on the U.S. pop charts, though it did reach #4 in the UK. "That's All" comes next and it is more of a standard pop tune, soft and simple and not surprisingly it did better in the U.S. as a result. The last song(s) on the first half of the album is/are "Home By the Sea". Though split into "Home By the Sea" and "Second Home By the Sea" this is really one piece and is a good example of how Genesis still incorporated progressive elements in their songs. The song was played on tour for years after this album and was often a showpiece with its extended instrumental section. The piece also works well with "Mama" in giving the album a somewhat eerie feel up to this point with the exception of "That's All".

The second half opens with "Illegal Alien" a light and humorous piece which suffered from overplay. It was released as a video, but after hearing and seeing it a few times it tends to become annoying. "Taking it All Too Hard" is next and is another typical soft-rock type pop song. Being on the same album as "That's All" and "It's Gonna Get Better" made it somewhat redundant. It was released as a single but didn't do particularly well.
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Format: Audio CD
Genesis' self-titled release is definitely the tale of two sides (in vinyl and cassette terms for us old-timers). The first half is amazing. 5-Star material all the way. "Mama" is one of the most powerful, kick butt songs Genesis ever released. Phil Collins' tortured vocals to rather disturbing lyrics and Tony Banks' spooky keyboards make this track one of the darkest of the band's amazing repertoire. It sounded great live. "That's All" was a nice pop song with a cute video that helped the band get more air play (in fact it was the way I discovered the band in 1983 when I was nine). "Home By the Sea" and the instrumental "Second Home By the Sea" are the innovative tracks the band is known for and was so good at. Then things start to fall apart...
"Illegal Alien" sounds blatantly commercial with mocking stereotypes and racist undertones. Although, in some cases, there is some truth to some of the lyrics, releasing it as a single with a silly video was a little much. I've always liked "Taking It all Too Hard." It is not as remembered as much as other Genesis singles, but it is one of my favorites. It is very catchy. The rest of the album sounds like B-Side material. Very banal music that makes the less memorable tracks off Abacab sound fantastic. "Silver Rainbow" is almost embarrassing: "but if you're sitting there beside her and a bear comes in the room and you keep on going cos you're unaware then you know that you are there." Still, there is enough great stuff on here to make it well worth it. This eponymous release was the calm before the storm for, three years later riding on Collins' solo triumphs, the band released an album that made them superstars with music far less creative and innovative than most of the material on this album.
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Format: Audio CD
This was Genesis' last great album. In fact, this was Phil Collins the songwriter's last great album. And what a way to go out.
I don't get into the Peter Gabriel/Phil Collins comparisons, which are pointless in any reviews of this album, because to compare this to anything Gabriel ever did for Genesis is to degrade the pop genius of this particular CD. This album is Genesis saying goodbye to its 70s art rock past, but not quite ready to say hello to the dulcet, multi-platinum cheeseball warblings of "In Too Deep".
Furthermore, this is Phil Collins making his Statement, which is basically to say I Can Write Great Pop Songs. He poured every last drop of his talent into this album. Every song Phil Collins has ever made in the 20 years since -- on his own or with Genesis -- has been a pale, artless imitation of the nine songs on this album (with the exception of "Take Me Home" -- truly his last stand).
The songs here are chock-full of pop hooks so perfect the listener has no choice but to hum along. At the same time, a sense of menace and dark, somber foreboding pervades each and every song. Even if you're a Phil hater, which I grew to become after "Invisible Touch", "No Jacket Required", and especially "But Seriously", you'll love this CD.
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Format: Audio CD
From a pop point of view, this album gets a four star rating, but from a progressive point of view, a two star rating. Before I was in to the progressive '70s Genesis (Trick of the Tail, Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, etc.), I was in to '80s Genesis. Back when I was in my late teens, I enjoyed very much 1980s Genesis, particularly Abacab and this self-entitled 1983 album. Eventually I found their 1980s leaving me a bit unsatisfied so I turned to the Gabriel-era and the Collins and Hackett-era and was much more happy with those albums. So basically the review of their self-entitled 1983 is more my opinion of this album when I was 18, rather than now, being 29. To me, this is a quite decent followup to Abacab, and for the first time since Duke, no Earth, Wind & Fire horns. "Mama" and "That's All" were big hits on this album. "Illegal Alien" to me isn't as bad as some say it is. "Second Home by the Sea" is the band still looking back at their progressive past, although it uses Phil Collins trademark big drum sound you expect from the 1980s. The synth sound of the band is in that early 1980s style, and I am rather surprised to hear the Moog Taurus bass pedals which Mike Rutherford was using back on many of Genesis' 1970s, like Wind & Wuthering. The album cover features a pictures of pieces from a kid's game called Perfection, made by Lakeside Toys, I used to have that game, where you places the pieces in the right places before the time runs out and the pieces pop out of place. It's a little difficult for me to review post-Duke Genesis albums because of my bias towards the 1970s, but back in the early 1990s, I was on an '80s nostalgia kick, so that's why I enjoyed these Genesis albums at that time. So if you're fan of 1980s music, you're sure like this album, but if you're favorite Genesis albums are Nursery Cryme, Foxtrot, Selling England by the Pound, etc., you'll probably be disappointed with this album.
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