Calling All Stations by Genesis

Go to Home Page Albums by this Artist
Calling All Stations by Genesis
Calling All Stations by Genesis

Album Released: 1997

Calling All Stations ::: Artwork

album ratingalbum ratingalbum ratingalbum ratingalbum ratingalbum ratingalbum rating  Info about Weighting

1.Calling All Stations5:43
4.Alien Afternoon7:53
5.Not About Us4:39
6.If That's What You Need5:12
7.The Dividing Line7:44
8.Uncertain Weather5:29
9.Small Talk5:02
10.There Must Be Some Other Way7:55
11.One Man's Fool8:47


After Phil Collins announced his departure from Genesis in 1996, it left the two remaining members with the keys to the parents' van. When they set out to find a quick replacement singer, they settled on 30-year-old Ray Wilson, the lead singer for a grunge band called Stiltskin. Then they composed about one million hours worth of dark, depressing, boring music and put it on this album (alright, Calling All Stations is a 'mere' 67 minutes long, but what a boring, boring, boring monstrosity).

The album also sounds curiously like one of Peter Gabriel's solo albums, except it sucks. Could Banks and Rutherford have been secretly bitter at Gabriel for not taking them with him?

Probably the best song is “Congo”, which is directly out of Gabriel's Security. The world-beat rhythms lend the song an actual texture, whereas most of the other songs rely merely on Banks' cloudy synthesizer tones. The chorus is also pretty decent whenever it comes up, though that also begs me to bring up the point that nothing about the song, or any other song on this album, sounds like it's from 1997. The synthesizers, bass-synths, and reverb-heavy drum machines have mid-80's written all over them. If these songs were well-written, I might not have cared about such datedness, but unfortunately they're so awful there's nothing left but call them embarrassments.

If you want to hear one of the worst ballads in the world, then look no further than “If That's What You Need”. Hilariously enough, it steals the same bubbly guitar texture from “Hold On My Heart” from We Can't Dance, and makes even worse use of it. Wilson also over-sings the crap out of it, sounding like he was doing a horrible impersonation of Peter Gabriel on So. I mean, I can hear his voice on the verge of cracking. So then, what pray tell did he find so important to be singing with such faux-passion? Talking makes us human that's what I was told. So why do I find it so difficult to let my feelings unfold. Had I the courage to tell you, I'd promise you this - if that's what you need, I'll be the river, I'll be the mountain always beside you. If that's what you need, I will be stronger, I will be braver than ever before. Crap!!! I'm going to have to eat lunch again now, because I just lost it all over my carpet.

Read more

Rated: album ratingalbum ratingalbum ratingalbum ratingalbum ratingalbum ratingalbum rating
by Reviewer: Don Ignacio (blogging at Don Ignacio's Album Reviews)

Having picked up a new singer in Ray Romano, the last two Genesis members Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks try to create We Can't Dance Part Two.

Calling All Stations is divided into pop tunes and ham-fisted attempts at something 'progressive'. Unsurprisingly, the pop tunes are the more successful ... "Not About Us" and "Congo" would just about merit a place on a Genesis greatest hits album.

Of the other pop ditties, "Shipwrecked" isn't bad, and "Uncertain Weather" has a neat chorus, but "Small Talk" and "If That's What You Need" are real snore-fests. And why do all the songs just fade out?

But it's the band's attempt at prog/rock that really hurts this album. The long(er) songs have interesting parts (the synthy opening / ending jams of "The Dividing Line", and the synthy jam in the middle of "There Must Be Some Other Way" - if those two were combined, maybe it would make a neat instrumental - but they don't deserve being lengthy in the first place.

"One Man's Fool" doesn't have any interesting parts at all. Still, give it a listen, and you might like some of it.

Rated: album ratingalbum ratingalbum ratingalbum ratingalbum ratingalbum ratingalbum rating
by Reviewer: Cole Reviews

And then there was two ...

So, Phil Collins departs, not only taking his vocals, but also his songwriting and drumming abilities of course. The remaining two guys - Rutherford and Banks - recruit a couple of American guys to fill in on drumming and percussive duties. And the vocals on Calling All Stations are handled by one Ray Wilson, recruited apparently for his ability to sound vaguely similar to Peter Gabriel.

I remember seeing footage of this new line-up prior to the release of the album - they did "Suppers Ready", and Wilson did a good job there. I thought then it was a strange move after the Collins era, and I still do now.

Not only did this album arrive five years after We Can't Dance, and not only did it fail to produce a genuine hit single, but it also failed to live up to the 'return to prog' promises that were bandied about at the time, which - given good live shows, and what I'd seen of the band performing with Wilson - was certainly a mistake. Still, whilst the new line-up could've included more elements from the band's past, it was a long time since Genesis had made a prog/rock album.

"Congo" is a vaguely bouncy / funky radio number, but all it manages to evoke in a listener's mind is of listening to a weak Peter Gabriel album cut. It's not so much a lack of returning to their classic sound that irritates, rather the lack of returning with anything interesting. It's irritating for example, that "There Must Be Some Other Way" brings to mind all the worst aspects of 80's-style Genesis, such as one extended piece on every album, included as a sop to the band's prog fans.

Read more

Rated: album ratingalbum ratingalbum ratingalbum ratingalbum ratingalbum ratingalbum rating
by Reviewer: Adrian Denning (blogging at Adrian's Album Reviews)