Tricks Of The Tale, Part 3: A Guide To Genesis: The Collins Pop Years|
by Clayton Walnum
The next two Genesis studio albums continued to move more and more toward the pop and AOR genre. Still, it was pop and AOR that surpassed most of what was popular in the 80s. This was, however, a Genesis that had little in common with the group that produced classic albums such as Foxtrot, Selling England By The Pound, and even the post-Gabriel Trick Of The Tail and Wind & Wuthering. Genesis still sounded like Genesis, but a Genesis with the complexities removed, leaving behind bare-bones songs. Meter changes were all but gone, with most songs boasting a straight, danceable beat. The last two Genesis albums, however, attempted more adventurous fare, though never losing touch with their new pop audience.
After three more albums ? the self-titled Genesis, followed by Invisible Touch, and We Can't Dance -- Phil Collins left the group to pursue a solo career, a career that would make him a household name, albeit with a completely different audience. Although I'm not crazy about Collins' recent output (sounds like one funeral dirge after another to me), one has to give him his due. He went from an unknown drummer to a superstar. His fame over the years has even eclipsed that of the original Genesis front man, Peter Gabriel.
In this final part of the Genesis career overview, we'll examine not only the final four studio albums, but also a couple of live albums and the Genesis boxed sets. We won't bother with releases such as greatest hits collections.
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