“And Then There Were Three” by Genesis - album review

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TJR says

Disillusioned guitarist Steve Hackett had jumped ship, leaving Phil Collins (vocals, drums, percussion), Tony Banks (keyboards) and Mike Rutherford (basses, guitars) as a trio, hence the album's title. As if signalling the start of a new era, the epic-length pieces have been cut down in favour of more regular length songs, although they remain every bit as irksome; bombastic pop or bombastic prog - it's all loathsome to me. The sole piece which doesn't have me grimacing sourly arrives at the very close, “Follow You, Follow Me”, which gave the group their first ever Top 10 hit single in the UK Pop Charts, some 11 years after forming. It's a nice tune, and I might even have given it a 5 or a 6 had they toughened it up around the edges, rather than employ the soft synth wash as the leading motif. The prog diehards predicted that this album would signal the beginning of the end for Genesis, but that was far from the case, as new “sophisiticated pop” fans were found to replace any lost proggers. The album hit #3 in the UK and #14 in the US, their biggest success over there at the time.

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A1 [05:26] 1.8.png Genesis - Down And Out (Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins) Prog
A2 [04:46] 1.0.png Genesis - Undertow (Tony Banks) Soft Rock / A.O.R.
A3 [04:50] 1.2.png Genesis - Ballad Of Big (Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins) Prog
A4 [04:31] 0.3.png Genesis - Snowbound (Mike Rutherford) Prog
A5 [07:10] 0.5.png Genesis - Burning Rope (Tony Banks) Soft Rock / A.O.R.
B1 [05:15] 0.9.png Genesis - Deep In The Motherlode (Mike Rutherford) Prog
B2 [03:31] 1.0.png Genesis - Many Too Many (Tony Banks) Soft Rock / A.O.R.
B3 [03:30] 1.4.png Genesis - Scenes From A Night’s Dream (Tony Banks, Phil Collins) Prog
B4 [04:21] 0.6.png Genesis - Say It’s Alright Joe (Mike Rutherford) Soft Rock / A.O.R.
B5 [06:08] 0.6.png Genesis - The Lady Lies (Tony Banks) Prog
B6 [03:59] 3.9.png Genesis - Follow You, Follow Me (Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins) Cerebral Pop

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