Nursery Cryme (studio album) by Genesis
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The best album by Genesis is Selling England By The Pound which is ranked number 129 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 13,508.
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What a way for the classic line up to stamp their mark...The Musical Box, an outstanding piece of music and storytelling. I only wish Stagnation had been done by this line up, even The Knife. For Absent Friends is a nice introduction to Phil and Steve, a kind of keep off the grass number and a theme Steve would revisit plenty on his solo work. Hogweed doesn't interest me. Another highlight is Seven Stones, the instrumental section is awesome. Harold The Barrel is a good story but I particularly like Harlequin and it's probably my favourite on the record. I love the harmonics and the pastoral shade it paints. Fountain is a great closer.
Vastly underrated album, it may not be their best but it is certainly their most consistent, no dud tracks here, Harold the Barrel is certainly not naive as mentioned elsewhere, it is about a depressed man taking his own life and the line about cutting off his toes and serving them in his restaurant is just an example of vicious rumours that are likely a cause of his depression, it is a brilliant track, highlight for me though is Seven Stones, that outro is just hairs on the back of your neck standing up excellent.
Very underrated. The Musical Box makes this album, it's a true masterpiece. Plus, The Fountain of Salmacis is excellent, and The Return of the Giant Hogweed a solid track.
The Musical Box is huge, one of their best, but the rest of the album doesn't reach the same heights.
With Phil Collins and Steve Hackett now in the band, Genesis have their classic line up. The songs are more advanced than Trespass. Though still a bit daft and story based, the ideas are interesting. The result is a little bit Paul McCartney ("Penny Lane", "Lady Madonna") and a little bit Bowie's first album, and a little bit 6th form naïve and primitive, such as "Harold the Barrel", a story of a restaurant owner who cut off his toes to serve to customers and then runs away - the story is told from the point of view of various people, the Man In The Street, the Lord Mayor, the British Public, etc, and it's all rather throw away. The songs that folks most focus on are "The Musical Box", which supplied the imagery for the album cover, and "The Return Of The Giant Hogweed". The album is quite keyboard forward and with pastoral, acoustic sounds melding with rockier and jazzy elements (supplied by the new members Collins and Hackett) it fits with the sound of the time, such as Aqualung (March 1971), Meddle (Oct 1971), Tarkus (June 1971), In The Land Of Grey And Pink (March 1971), and Fragile (Nov 1971), though lacks the confidence of those albums. It's a step forward from Trespass; Gabriel is gaining strength, and it is a pleasant album representative of its time, but is some way removed from essential listening.
A really solid album, though I don't think I like it quite as much as Trespass, as nothing quite hits the high of The Knife, and it's not as consistently good. Still, you can clearly tell that Genesis was refining its prog-rock sound in bushels, and the addition of Steve Hackett and Phil Collins to the ensemble only helped that. There are some standout tunes here, namely The Musical Box, The Return of the Giant Hogweed, and The Fountain of Salmacis, but it's clear that the best was yet to come.
A big step forward for Genesis with the arrival of Hackett and Collins and a sign of what was yet to come
A great album that was meant as the breaking in of Steve Hackett and Phil Collins. Musical Box, The Fountain of Salmaci are among the bands best stuff and are ultimately the tunes that make the album, with Hogweed, Seven Stones and Harold the Barrel being great jams overall. Harlequin and For Absent Friends are all right, but feel more like filler; and all the songs, with the exception of Harold the Barrel for some reason, suffer from muffled and inconsistent production. This album is still worth the listen and many people consider it their best, just not this guy.
Uno de los grandes discos de la era progresiva de Genesis. Destaco las 3 grandes épicas del álbum: The Musical Box, The Return Of The Giant Hogweed y The Fountain Of Salmacis.
Awesome album, as good as its predecessor. 9/10.
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