Genesis (Audio Cassette) Import
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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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"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.Read more ›
"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.
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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I'd forgotten what a sellout this album was. It's not really a Genesis project, it's Phil Collins' first commercial album.Published 14 months ago by TG
Blurb promo reads digitally remastered edition of 1983 Genesis album, EMI 2009.
This is a lie.
This is the old , original cd issue, not even a true 16 bits , more like 14... Read more
I lost this CD years ago and am glad to have bought it again. Brings me back 30 years and still like the whole album.Published 17 months ago by mdee
I love it. An old favorite that I had a cassette tape of! can now listen on CDPublished 22 months ago by Susan Vasilinda
Many classics from pop tracks to progressives one. Probably, the last great Genesis album before it became Phil Collins albums dressed as Genesis albums.Published on June 18 2014 by Maxime-Claude Tremblay