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  • Audio CD (May 11, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cyclops Records/Wheezy
  • ASIN: B000009RXG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,185,728 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Customer Reviews

Great band that follow in the footsteps of mid period genesis.
NEOPROG RAN
Excellent musicianship, extended arrangements, and serendipitous song structure make for intriguing listening.
Kirk Lott
An album that makes me wish I could write lyrics like Cyrus Scott, and play keyboards like Stuart Bell.
Markovanwho

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Fabio on June 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Always looking for bands that play music and not sounds? Try this group (and its other albums) to find out how Genesys' old albums and their magic are not forgotten. For all of us that are still singing "looking for somebody..."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Markovanwho on December 30, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I think to blatantly dismiss these guys and "stick to yer Genesis and Marillion" is very narrow minded indeed. Going back to the early days of Genesis when they released "The Silent Sun".....even then they would have had some cash to get it together and record a decent record. But they never, most of the late 60's, early 70's Genesis material is cringingly rubbish. I agree with Marillion, The "Script"....for a debut attempt, is a progressive rock legend. And as with Citizen Cain, all with regular jobs, no cash flow, jamming in a Musselburgh flat before raising the cash to get to a half decent studio, they manage to release "Serpents in Camouflage!" I think praise where praise is due. This is an amazing album. An album that makes me wish I could write lyrics like Cyrus Scott, and play keyboards like Stuart Bell. This debut album is enough to make ANY musician/ songwriter proud. LIKE I SAID, in the "Somewhere but Yesterday" review, if only this music was sought after, money would become readily available to these guys through huge record sales, as it did with Gabriel/ Collins/ Fish etc etc. Keep it up lads. The new CD, "Playing Dead" is also a stomper. Brilliant.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kirk Lott on December 6, 2002
Format: Audio CD
If you love early Genesis, chances are you'll appreciate Citizen Cain. Excellent musicianship, extended arrangements, and serendipitous song structure make for intriguing listening. Lead singer Cyrus is a dead ringer for Peter Gabriel, and his lyrics are inventive and interesting. Another plus: whereas Gabriel-era Genesis albums sound as if they were recorded at the bottom of a muddy pond, the engineering here is tight and crystal clear. Great 70s-style progressive rock.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By progstock on July 23, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Yeah, so there are the obvious Genesis comparisons. While many reviews I have read compare Citizen Cain to "early Genesis", in my opinion this CD sounds closest to the "Selling England By the Pound" era because of the heavy use of classic Minimoog and Oberheim synths Tony Banks was playing at the time. Maybe not quite as much organ as Banks employed--and Steve Hackett's amazing bass guitar pedals are absent--but otherwise there are ample similarities.

Cyrus sounds a tad like Gabriel and a tad like Phil Collins, but nowhere near the range and timbre of either. Oddly, he sounds stronger and more "Gabriel-like" when he choruses himself an octave higher or lower, which, it seems to me, was more prevalent on earlier Genesis albums (the beautiful "Stagnation" on "Trespass" for instance). If you listen just to Cyrus and don't factor in the music, he sounds more like The Strawbs' David Cousins than Peter Gabriel (check out "Burning For You" and you'll see what I mean, though Cousins is more gravelly).

Composition-wise, Citizen Cain songs are not as complex as most Genesis songs from the "SEBTP" era. Cmaj-Bb-Ab is still Cmaj-Bb-Ab, even when a cool Oberheim synth line is arpeggiating up and down the keyboard over the top of it. The chord structure of "Dancing Out With the Moonlit Knight" or "The Battle of Epping Forest" is more complex and satisfying than the more typical "Rock's Magic Triad" found in many songs on this CD. To their credit, Citizen Cain make pretty deft use of differing textures and tempo changes, much the same as Genesis, Yes, Gentle Giant, etc. A few songs suffer from some random rhythm section mistimings that should have been fixed in the studio. I haven't listened closely enough to see who's off, but in a few spots it sounds as if bass is late.
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