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also by Genesis:
A rather bitty and inconsistent album, a bit like Yes's "Fragile" from the same period. Although it's worth the price just for "The Musical Box" - a good candidate for the best-written symphonic rock piece of all time. This note-perfect track reaches its conclusion with a blistering solo from new guitarist Steve Hackett, one of Genesis's heaviest moments. And has some distinctly creepy nursery-horror lyrics along the way.
The shorter tracks tend towards being filler. "Harold the Barrel" is one of their irritating perky tales about English eccentrics, with no decent tune to excuse it. "Return of the Giant Hogweed" has some more robust rocking music to back up its daft story about the country being terrorised by scary plants. "Harlequin" and "For Absent Friends" are early pieces of throwaway fluff with Phil Colllins singing. However the album finishes on a high note with "Fountain of Salmacis", sure to please fans of Mellotron-swathed symphonic numbers.
November 1, 2003