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Grows on you!
on 5 October 2001
I first heard this album as a relatively new Genesis fan in 1997. At first, there were only a few songs that really stood out - but it wasn't, then, what I would call exactly, a classic album.
I went off it for a bit, thinking that it was a fairly unremarkable album. Later, though, someone else told me what a great album they thought it was, and I started listening to it again.
It was then that I was struck by it's sheer brilliance. Nearly every track is absolutely stunning - you can tell it's Genesis, sure, but there is something extremely refreshing about the roughness of Ray Wilson's voice that is very different from the pop-orientated style of Phil Collins (nothing wrong with that, though!)
Best tracks are undoubtedly "Calling All Stations", "Not About Us", "The Dividing Line" (with fantastic drumming harking back to the days of Collins) and "Small Talk".
Genesis are truly back in business with this album - it's just a shame that they haven't yet followed it up with another. Ray Wilson is a brilliant lead vocalist, although does sometimes sound slightly uneasy with the more obscure tracks on the album.
Banks and Rutherford have very successfully blended the commercial with the obscure - and made a very interesting and dynamic album.
Let's hope there's another one.