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Album Review

Moments of Genesis are as spooky and arty as those on Abacab — in particular, there's the tortured howl of "Mama," uncannily reminiscent of Phil Collins' Face Value, and the two-part "Second Home by the Sea" — but this eponymous 1983 album is indeed a rebirth, as so many self-titled albums delivered in the thick of a band's career often are. Here the art rock functions as coloring to the pop songs, unlike on Abacab and Duke, where the reverse is true. Some of this may be covering their bets — to ensure that the longtime fans didn't jump ship, they gave them a bit of art — some of it may be that the band just couldn't leave prog behind, but the end result is the same: as of this record, Genesis was now primarily a pop band. Anybody who paid attention to "Misunderstanding" and "No Reply at All" could tell that this was a good pop band, primarily thanks to the rapidly escalating confidence of Phil Collins, but Genesis illustrates just how good they could be, by balancing such sleek, pulsating pop tunes as "That's All" with a newfound touch for aching ballads, as on "Taking It All Too Hard." They still rocked — "Just a Job to Do" has an almost nasty edge to its propulsion — and they could still get too silly as on "Illegal Alien," where Phil's Speedy Gonzalez accident is an outright embarrassment (although in some ways it's not all that far removed from his Artful Dodger accent on the previous album's "Who Dunnit?"), and that's why the album doesn't quite gel. It has a little bit too much of everything — too much pop, too much art, too much silliness — so it doesn't pull together, but if taken individually, most of these moments are very strong, testaments to the increasing confidence and pop power of the trio, even if it's not quite what longtime fans might care to hear.

Customer Reviews

Purchase this version of the 1983 self-titled album by Genesis!

Featuring such standouts as "That's All","Mama","Home By The Sea" and others,Genesis's self-titled 1984 album still holds ups 25 years later.And it also sounds much better in this remixed/remastered version(helmed by producer Nick Davis).The bass,guitars,the keys and the drums have more power and clarity here than the old one iTunes still sell.Clearly a better buy!

Sounds Brand New

This album is not only remastered, it's been remixed. There's a new edit of "Mama", which is about 6 seconds longer than the version on the original 1983 release, and the vocals on virtually all songs have new effects. It's not a bad thing though; it makes the album sound fresher than ever. I recommend buying both the 2007 remaster and the original 1983 vinyl release, if you can find it, to compare.


No one can remaster like these guys... I have them all. They just have a way of finding that lost track and letting it breath. I have Rush remastered CDs and they sound pretty close to the originals but Genesis is like miles ahead. I often wonder if they added parts but if you go and compare you'll now hear that guitar part on the old track, it was just hidden. It's like getting a new album. You really hear a lot of the mids. Especially the guitar and background vocals. These English blokes really know their stuff when it comes to sonics.


Formed: 1966 in Godalming, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Genesis started life as a progressive rock band, in the manner of Yes and King Crimson, before a series of membership changes brought about a transformation in their sound, into one of the most successful pop/rock bands of the 1980s and 1990s. In addition, the group has provided a launching pad for the superstardom of members Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins, and star solo careers for members Tony Banks, Michael Rutherford, and Steve Hackett. Their roots go back to 1965 and a pair of rival groups,...
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