4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not a bad Effort,
This review is from: Calling All Stations (Audio CD)
I think all these reviews have good points (except the person who thinks 'In the air tonight' was a Genesis song)..I think we need to put this album into context, if we are looking at 'Abacab' onwards i would say this isnt a bad album at all, well constructed songs and as mentioned a lot darker than certainly the last 2 albums and hardly a drum machine to be heard..One thing that did grab me was the drum sound, there was a raw energy about it, personally i was getting a bit tired of the gated drum sound that collins had used on previous albums, i know Collins fans will disagree, dont get me wrong, as a drummer Phil Collins is a legend but percussionally i enjoyed this album. The guitar work was neat and tidy, very safe (Rutherford is no Hackett, but i dont think he's trying to be)..The keyboard work is well layered, lots of strings and pads used by Mr Banks although there's no real 'solo's' a la 'Cinema show' or even 'Fading lights' by far the strongest track from the previous album.In all honesty its not needed in these compositions. Ray Wilsons voice is excellent, powerful, distinctive..Its kind of in cooking terms.. put peter gabriel in a large bowl, add phil collins after that add just a touch of paul carrack, stir and put in the oven for 35 minutes, let it cool, and there you are youve got the perfect ray wilson!..For many years i would not listen to anything Genesis beyond 'Wind and wuthering'..once Hackett left the progressive tag was lost (although the next album was a fair effort) and i must say i still think 1970-77 was they're strongest period, but as ive got older i have kind of made peace with the later material (except 'Abacab'..i just dont do..'Abacab'!) so bearing in mind this album is no 'Selling England by the pound','Trick of the tail`,'Foxtrot' etc. in the context of the last 4 albums id say its a pretty decent effort.