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Genesis: Genesis 1983-1998

Album Review

Six-platter vinyl box set of their last four studio albums charts the band’s late-period trajectory.

Stadium success, to the slow-burning dinosaur, can be a career killer. Take Genesis. In the 14 years between their 1969 debut and 1983’s self-titled twelfth album they’d been hardy and prolific prog adventurers, skipping nimbly over the departure of singer Peter Gabriel, developing their sprawling baroque conceits into honed pop songs as a three-piece, creating a mid-period masterpiece in 1980’s Duke and surviving a disappointing experiment with synthpop on 1981’s clumsy Abacab.

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