Nursery Cryme (studio album) by Genesis

Nursery Cryme by Genesis
Year: 1971
Overall rank: 687th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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81/100 (from 560 votes)
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Award Top albums of 1971 (25th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (158th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (687th)
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Genesis - Nursery Cryme - CAS 1052 / VG+ 1975
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Nursery Cryme is ranked 5th best out of 34 albums by Genesis on

The best album by Genesis is Selling England By The Pound which is ranked number 130 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 11,713.

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From 02/27/2023 12:55
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From 09/06/2022 17:20
Great record
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From 02/09/2022 13:12
Genesis delivers another gem in its classic prog period with this album. The Genesis signature is everywhere with the inclusion of Collins and Hackett. It's a bit raw and all of the place, but this is what I like about it. It's part of the charm.
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From 01/22/2022 23:53
The prog rock songs are great and Seven Stones lives up to them, but there are few duds in the second half that distract you from the very good last one.
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From 04/27/2021 14:38
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.
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From 01/29/2021 21:45
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.
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From 01/19/2021 19:48
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.
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From 01/04/2021 14:34
The Musical Box is huge, one of their best, but the rest of the album doesn't reach the same heights.
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From 01/02/2021 19:29
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.
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From 07/15/2020 02:07
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.
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2. Who's Next by The Who
3. Hunky Dory by David Bowie
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15. Imagine by John Lennon
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