Wind and Wuthering
The last gasp of progressive Genesis, Wind and Wuthering was released in mid-December 1976, a few weeks before the year of punk. While A Trick of the Tail ranks proudly alongside the best of the Peter Gabriel albums, Wind and Wuthering matches a weak set of songs with a monotonous, synth-dominated sound. ‘The Eleventh Earl Of Mar’, about the 1715 Scottish uprising, gets the album off to an excellent start, and would have fitted well onto Trick. Tellingly, the other two successful songs are Rutherford’s ‘Your Own Special Way?’ and Hackett and Collins’ ‘Blood On The Rooftops’; both are relatively straightforward pop songs; the former is a pleasantly countrified love song. Elsewhere, there are a bunch of failed ideas, like Banks’ rambling messianic epic ‘One For The Vine’, a dramatic tale of a mouse that might have worked with Gabriel fronting it, and a couple of unremarkable instrumentals. Wind and Wuthering still has enough of the classic Genesis sound to compare with their earlier albums, but it’s not as captivating as their best work.