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1983 self titled album by legendary rockers Genesis.

Witnessing an attempt at genre crossover is kind of like watching a logrolling competition. The failures are almost as excruciatingly embarrassing for the audience as they are for the performer. But when one gets a glimpse at one of the rare success stories: Ah! What a thing of beauty! Genesis's 1983 eponymous release sits proudly in the latter camp. Laying down nine midtempo tracks that are full and crisp without wearing too glossy of a pop sheen, Phil Collins, Tony Banks, and Mike Rutherford create an aural world where Yes fans and those who like chart-toppers live in harmony. And whatever lyrical well Collins chooses to tap proves to be a gusher, whether he is dipping into reservoirs of Gabrielan menace ("Mama," "Home by the Sea," "Silver Rainbow"), stealing a page from pop music's huge tome of conflicted-heart numbers ("That's All," "Taking It All To Hard"), or getting just plain ol' ridiculous ("Illegal Alien"). At the risk of seriously ruffling indie-rock feathers, one might even say that, in a way, Genesis sits as the great-grandfather of Radiohead's OK Computer. The idea that your body can rock while your brain gets tickled ain't a new one; it's just that people don't put it into practice that often. --Bob Michaels

1. Mama
2. That's All
3. Home By The Sea
4. Second Home By The Sea
5. Illegal Alien
6. Taking It All Too Hard
7. Just A Job To Do
8. Silver Rainbow
9. It's Gonna Get Better

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002IGK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,524 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By 34-year old wallflower on February 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD
At the start of the MTV generation in the early 1980s, most veteran bands faced a dicey proposition. Now that visual image was becoming even more of a factor in a musician's success than it was in the past, did that mean being older and having been around the business longer mean things would work against you now? In a few cases, some musicians and bands saw their stock rise now that something like MTV would help increase their audiences by millions. One band was Genesis.
By 1983, Genesis had been a trio for 5 years, and saw their success slowly increase as the years went by. If that wasn't enough, their drummer-turned-leader Phil Collins was pursuing a solo career that would almost eclipse his band's in terms of popularity and records sold. Their days as a progressive rock collective were long gone, and even though they retained some aspects from that era, pop music was now their bread & butter, and with albums like their 1983 self-titled, fans who stuck around need not have worried if too much success would cloud the band's judgement.
It's amazing that after Phil Collins released 2 best-selling solo albums, he was willing to get back together with his full-time band to create an album that further broke Genesis through to the mainstream, perhaps helped by Phil's success on his own. Unlike previous albums, where individual members might contribute their own songs, all 9 songs on GENESIS were composed by the group together, proving that no amount of solo success could tear them apart.
Genesis had been no stranger to the top 40 by early 1984, but they finally reached the top 10 with "That's All" peaking at #6. A relentlessly upbeat piano pop song, perhaps some fans wondered about Genesis' motivation towards abandoning their progressive past once they heard this song.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robert Jenkins on October 8, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This was the first Genesis album I ever owned. I saw the video for "Mama" on MTV when it was new, and I just had to have the album. I hoped that the rest of the songs were as good as "Mama", and I was NOT disappointed!! "Mama" is a very dark, almost scary song (and their best video, bar none!!). It's almost deliberately unclear as to whether the song is about a man who loves a prostitute (the official story), or whether it is anti-abortion. The lyrics can be interpreted either way. This was the first time that the drums carried the melody over the guitar and keyboards. Only a drummer of the skill of Phil Collins could take simple drums and work the magic that he does. There's never been a song like it before or since.
While "Mama" is worth the purchase price alone, the other songs don't fail to deliver, either. "That's All" follows "Mama" with a big musical shift. It's a quiet, peppy song that rises above all the other broken-heart songs out there. "Home by the Sea/Second Home by the Sea" - anyone who says that Genesis abandoned prog music has never heard this song. It's about a cat burglar who breaks into a semmingly empty house on the beach, only to find it inhabited by a club of ghosts, and he is the newest member. Tony Banks does an excellent job of imparting an otherworldly, eerie feel to this song. "Illegal Alien" - the most lighthearted song on the album, a tongue-in-cheek look at the world of, well, illegal aliens. A lot of people over the years have denigrated this song, but I really enjoy it. It also spawned a hilarious MTV video with the band dressed up as Mexican officials. The CD liner notes include a few stills from the video - nice toupee Phil!
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Guy De Federicis on July 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Just when we were about to write Genesis off as a relic from the prog rock dinosaur age, came this dazzling 1983 album which secures the band's progressive rock sound, their later penchant for Top 10 hit singles, and adds a signature reminder, without bowing to the new wave and post punk of the day, that they are just a damn good rock band, capable of writing music outside the box regardless of classification. The mix of great songs, (Mama, Home By The Sea, Taking It All Too Hard, Illegal Alien), and worthwhile filler material, (Second Home By The Sea, Just A Job To Do, Silver Rainbow), defines Genesis as an odd geometric shape, like the album cover picture. You accept and love the lesser material as a testement to Genesis's time and place in 1983, it sounds today like a 'before it's time' enhanced CD with bonus tracks. What secures this album as a pop masterpiece, as good as the compositions are, is Phil Collins fiery, growling, soft and complicated vocal tracks.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tahou Hots on February 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Only recently have I come to appreciate this album. Being an "old" fan, I was in shock through much of what Genesis put out in the 80s. But, you know, this album is actually pretty good. Phil, Mike and Tony really did some nice experimentation here and a lot of people who are rock fans, if not necessarily Genesis fans, consider this album to be a classic Rock album. To Genesis fans like me, that's kind of hard to understand. The Lamb, sure. Trick, defintely, Wind & Wuthering, you bet. But Genesis? Well, not initially, but now I'm rethinking that.
Unlike pretty much the rest of the world, Mama was not a song I particularly cared for. That's still true. It's different and quirky and contains some trademark Genesis sounds, but it just didn't do it for me. Silver Rainbow, which most people don't care for, was the high point of the album for me when it first came out.
But I have since changed my thinking. Home By The Sea and Second Home By The Sea (a 10-minute, two part suite with an instrumental-based part two) is a mind-blowingly amazing composition that ranks with the best of anything Genesis has ever done. Any old fan who doesn't think so is just being elitist for no reason. Why is this song(s) so good? It's classic Genesis story telling backed up by some really strong and inventive music. It's a ghost story. And Tony's keyboard work in part 2, oh man, that's what I live for.
The rest of the album is not bad either. Not their best and for a long time (several years in fact), I never listened to it. Now, belatedly, it's part of my regular rotation. I recommend it.
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