Genesis are still very much in prog/rock mode here, although with some changes when compared to their earlier material. The evolution in the band's sound is most apparent with Banks' keyboards, which appear to be absolutely everywhere, making them the most prominent instrument.
Wind and Wuthering
is a strange beast actually, full of interesting things, the opening "Eleventh Earl of Mar" especially - a 70's-style Genesis prog/rock song - it doesn't appear to have any clear purpose, although its various sections combine well enough and it does provide for an impressive Genesis-style opener.
That 7+minute number is followed by the nearly 10-minute "One for the Vine", so it's evident from the album's first two tracks that Genesis are still locked into the prog/rock movement despite the changes in their sound.
"One for the Vine" does sport rather attractive Collins vocals amongst the washes of synths, along with the increasingly noticeable drums that Genesis albums were displaying around this time. Still, it's a rather silly and preposterous number, especially when the mellow nature of the tune turns all funky disco around the 5 minute mark.
"All in a Mouse's Night" is enjoyable - I can imagine Gabriel being happy to sing that - I wish he was
singing it, as Collins' vocals are kind of weak there, although he does try. But he's still in surrogate Gabriel mode at this point, yet to find his own voice. That would arrive later.
"Wot Gorilla?" follows the overblown and dreary ballad "Your Own Special Way", and opens with another drum showcase. Well, it would wouldn't it? I dunno, the synths also get ever more overwhelming as the album progresses, to the point that they start to get on my nerves quite frankly, being as they are the dominant instrument on every single track.
Quite frankly, I do find the album gets boring. What with all the synths and keyboards and Collins, guitarist Hackett doesn't have much to do, and he did in fact leave the band shortly afterwards.Rated:
by Reviewer: Adrian Denning
(blogging at Adrian's Album Reviews