I don't understand why a lot of people consider Wind & Wuthering
to be one of Genesis' best releases - reportedly, even Tony Banks agrees with that sentiment. Mind you, I've also listened to a Tony Banks solo album, and whilst the man is an excellent keyboardist, he couldn't write engaging meaningful music to save his life. So it doesn't surprise me that this is one of his favorite Genesis albums.
Though Wind & Wuthering
has its fair share of decent tunes, it's doesn't even come close to capturing the majesty of the band's earlier albums. Those albums were beautiful and colorful, and when I listened to them, I could hear summer scents emitting from my speakers. On the other hand, Wind & Wuthering
doesn't have much personality - I listen to it, and it feels limp and cold, and parts of it are plain boring.
Genesis' biggest betrayal was an even greater reduction in texture development, by replacing their haunting Mellotrons and exotic guitar arpeggios from the Gabriel era with dull synthesizer tones. That said, they get things going off in a nice enough way with “Eleventh Earl of Mar” easily my favorite song on this album. Even though the instrumentation is bland and the vocal hooks don't really leap out, it's an exciting experience, with bouncy organ riffs, and of course Collins' drumming provides plenty of tight fills.
After that song however, I really start to shrug my shoulders. “One For the Vine” is a lot like “Eleventh Ear of Mar” except it's slower to develop. It's hardly a terrible song, it's quite skillfully done, but I nonetheless sit through it yawning my head off. Some people have a fondness for “Your Own Special Way”, which is so smoothly arranged and poppy that it sounds a bit like one of Collins' adult contemporary songs from the 1990's. The melody isn't bad, and the loud chorus was certainly needed, but I find it tedious to sit through. It's a six minute song that's more like a three-minute song played twice. Blah.
by Reviewer: Don Ignacio
(blogging at Don Ignacio's Album Reviews