The first Genesis album is quite distinct from their Seventies Progressive rock albums, hence the wide ranging opinions found in other reviews. I enjoy all sorts of music from all eras and Genesis in the 1970's were a special band. But this is also special in a different way. It is an excellent album chock full of melodic, psychedelically tinged late Sixties pop with plenty of vocal harmonies to complement the songs. Much criticism is in the direction of the production, which is partly justified as the band's instruments are boxed in over to one side of the mix. The string arrangements are actually largely tasteful and complementary, the only flaw is in the stereo mixing - but then again, this was recorded in 1968 when it was still common practice for instruments to share tracks on four or eight track recording equipment.
Stand-out tracks include 'One Day', 'In the Beginning', 'In the Wilderness', 'The Serpent' and 'Window'. However, the album is very consistent and the songs are linked by instrumental passages to create a cohesive whole (the piano piece following 'In the Beginning' is wonderful). The album is bursting with melodies and ideas.
It seems there are Seventies prog fans who simply aren't into Sixties pop-psych and dislike this album, which is fair enough; there is no right or wrong when it comes to musical tastes. However, I will simply say that if you're into late Sixties pop, this is a hugely enjoyable album and a fantastic debut, especially considering that they were still only about 18 years old. I disagree with those who state (including perhaps the band themselves!) that Genesis really begins with the follow up, 'Trespass'. 'From Genesis to Revelation' is, most emphatically, a proper Genesis album - Peter Gabriel's voice is instantly recognisable and there are acoustic guitars aplenty. If Genesis had split up before 'Trespass', I'm sure this album would be a cult / lost / underground classic of the era.