also by Genesis:
A relatively little-known Genesis album - the title's arithmetic refers to the departure of guitarist Steve Hackett for a prolific but under-appreciated solo career. Lots of proggers therefore ignore this, but punchy rock songs like "Down and Out" and "Burning Rope" have enough choppy rhythms to keep the prog-head interested. Most people will be listening for the dominance of Phil Collins, but I think it's Tony Banks who is the main man here. The mushy arrangements of broad ballads like "Snowbound" and "Undertow" are drenched with keyboards, and Phil's vocals are relatively obscured.
They seem comfortable here with a single basic Genesis sound, so it's welcome when they do vary it a little. I particularly like the colourful middle section of the album's stand-out track "Deep in the Motherlode", and Mike Rutherford's cryptic ballad "Say it's Alright, Joe". Although the drippy "Many to Many" is ominous of their imminent popping-down, I'm fond of the album's hit "Follow You, Follow Me". It has a funky shuffling rhythm and a slithery unison chorus, and I love Banks's Moog solo.
July 23, 2004