Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Album of the Day

... and Then There Were Three..., by Genesis (1978): Golden Era Genesis (Trespass through Wind and Wuthering, generally) is usually considered the deepest source/influence on neo-prog, particularly the early 80s version of it cooked up by Marillion, IQ, and their ilk. But listening to this album today, I came to the conclusion that this is actually the first neo-prog album. The songs are generally shorter than in the Gabriel/Hackett days and stick closer to the traditional verse-chorus format, but there are still plenty of instrumental diversions (from Banks, in particular) and it does a pretty good job of melding the "prog" and "pop" sides of Genesis's career. Is that a good thing? Dunno. I like the album, tho', quite a bit.

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