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Wind and Wuthering – Genesis

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Wind and Wuthering

(1976, 6/10)
The last gasp of progressive Genesis, Wind and Wuthering was released in mid-December 1976, symbolically a few weeks before the year of punk in the U.K.. While A Trick of the Tail stands 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 Wind and Wuthering off to an excellent start, and would have fitted well onto Trick of the Tail. 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.

3 thoughts on “Wind and Wuthering – Genesis Leave a comment

  1. I have to agree again. Still some god musical ideas on here. Likable and listenable. You can hear a hint of the pop coming into play. Good series.
    Just a note on the following albums. Some real good tunes but just wasn’t keeping me in the fold. Plus they weren’t underground anymore you could hear them all over. Glad that they went on to make lots of $$$$$. seemed like a bunch of good guys. (I really like Phil’s drumming)

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