...And Then There Were Three...by Genesis
And Then There Were Three, more than either of its immediate predecessors, feels like the beginning of the second phase of Genesis -- in large part because the lineup had indeed dwindled down to Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, and Phil Collins, a situation alluded to in the title. But it wasn't just a whittling of the lineup; the group's aesthetic was also shifting, moving away from the fantastical, literary landscapes that marked both the early Genesis LPs and the two transitional post-Gabriel outings, as the bandmembers turned their lyrical references to contemporary concerns and slowly worked pop into the mix, as heard on the closing "Follow You Follow Me," the band's first genuine pop hit. Its calm, insistent melody, layered with harmonies, is a perfect soft rock hook, although there's a glassy, almost eerie quality to the production that is also heard throughout the rest of the record. These chilly surfaces are an indication that Genesis don't quite want to abandon prog at this point, but the increasing emphasis on melody and tight song structures points the way toward the group's '80s work.
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This was one of the first Genesis albums I ever listened to over and over and over again (back in the late '70s) and it still moves me like it did then, but even moreso. Incredible artistry and composition, use of odd, changing rhythms and meter AND a wonderful sense of melody in parts such that you can sing it later...and perhaps pick up on some life-wisdom in the lyrics. Awesome. I am putting this in my CD collection since I have lost track of the, ahem, ''album.''
It is not a bad album, there are some nice tunes, melodies. But, there is always a but, most of the songs seem unfinished. This album was probably finished to quickly, the songs have not been worked out completely. Stuck between the catchy pop/rock of the '80s and showing that they are true to the 'original' Genesis sound when Gabriel/Hackett were still there, they fail to impress on this album. Not bad, but not in the top 5 of genesis albums..
I have this album at home,this is my favorite Genesis album. I like the layout of the song Deep in the Mothorlode(Go West young Man), Say it's alright joe, and The Lady Lies. I think the insturmantation is really well laid out, the keyboard texture of all the songs, including the piano texture of Many too Many, the organ sound in The Lady Lies and Ballad of Big, and the sound of the synthethsizers in Say it's Alright Joe. Also the guitar sound of Mike's guitar is very well done, though Steve Hackett left the group, especially in Scenes form a Night Drean and Say it's Alright Joe.
This album marks Genesis' first as a trio, which in result of this, they would eventually write songs that are number 1, like on this album "Follow You, Follow Me", and also make greater albums like for example the 1980 follow up Duke, Abacab in 1981, the self titled in 1983, Invisible Touch in 1985, and We Can't Dance which would be the last for Phil Collins until his return in 2007. As for this album, it's awesome from start to finish.