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When the '80s rolled around and Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett had left, Genesis decided it was time to shed their past and move into the future. At that time, that consisted of synthesizers, electric drums and the like.
With a past the likes of what Genesis had, the brilliant, complex compositions and flowery lyrical tales, who was better suited to create catchy hooks that translate into top 40 hits? These guys had years of experience at this.
If Invisible Touch had been released by any pop-group du-jour, it probably would have been lauded as one of the greatest pop albums of all time. Since this particular album was released by a band called "Genesis" that had an extremely loyal and long time audience, many dismissed it as trash. The fact is, though, that all the incredible artistry that defined Genesis was in full play here. These guys are true masters of their art. Their art is music. Not progressive monster masterpieces, not pop prowess, but music, plain and simple. And Genesis is right up there with the best, regardless of the genre they are working within at the time.
In some other reviews, I saw some bashing Invisible Touch as selling out (recall the beer commercials?). You know what?Read more ›
But the real highlight, apart from "Land of Confusion" and "Domino", is actually the balladeering, which - after this album for Collins - just becomes overly saccharine. There's some transcendent quality to both "In Too Deep" and "Throwing it All Away" that save them from the schlock factor of that horrific Tarzan song. When Collins sings "Who will light up the darkness/Who will hold your hand/Who will find you the answers/When you don't understand", it's done in a way that is simple and effective, and not the amp-the-hystrionics-up-to-level-11 way. And it's actually quite lovely, really.
Chalk it up to the playing power of Banks and Rutherford - and to the perfect amount of restraint. It succeeds quite amply, and for the AOR genre, this is clearly best-of-breed.
Phil Collins was a full-blown superstar at this point. His 1985 solo album "No Jacket Required" had been a huge smash, and in addition to the hit singles from that album, he scored smash hits with the 1984 soundtrack song "Against All Odds", as well as his 1984 Philip Bailey duet "Easy Lover". However, the superstardom didn't throw Phil off track in the slightest as far as continuing to make great music was concerned. I want to add also that Phil Collins is NOT running the show alone on here--keyboardist Tony Banks is a genius, and his distinctive compositional brilliance and masterful keyboard layers are all over such tracks as "Tonight Tonight Tonight" and "The Brazilian".
Again, this album was produced by Genesis & Hugh Padgham, and without a doubt, the production is slick, but to excellent effect--the album packs a load of punch, & their compositional creativity is still in full force, which is saying a lot. It's simply hard to get away from using words such as "dramatic" and "arresting" when talking about this album. No one should be ashamed to like this music.
Yes, the album opening title track is a somewhat sugary pop song, but it's still a lot of fun with its tunefulness & catchy riff.Read more ›
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A few good songs, but some other stuff that I didn't like. I would go with a greatest hits album next time.Published 2 months ago by janie
This is the best Genesis. it's has great Pop and Prog. you really need to just listen. and forget Phil ever had a hugely successful recording career at that time. Great Album.Published 3 months ago by James H.
always a great cassette to have around if you still have tape deck these daysPublished 8 months ago by levisky
An amazing record to have in your collection. I chose to buy it used and it skips in 1-2 places, but I'm still very pleased with it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Laurin
In 1986, Genesis (and all five members/ex members of the "classic" lineup) were at the top of music. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ben Kizer