Just had a re-listen to the whole remastered version of the album.
I had always considered this a bit poppy and also the absence of Steve pervaded my thoughts as I always listened in the past.
Today, I appreciated the songwriting, lyrics and many references to the old Genesis sound still there in the background.
Undertow - would love to hear Peter Gabriel sing this.
Snowbound - Crafty lyrics disguising a bittersweet song from Mike.
Many Too Many - Classic Genesis - they can still pull it off, even if there's only three of them.
Follow You, Follow Me - Genesis do a love song and yet still manage to include a prog keyboard solo!
Burning Rope - great tune, possibly even better live?
Deep In The Motherlode - great lyrics.
It's taken me many years to come round to this album. It was originally given to me almost forty years ago in school by a chap who sat next to me as he knew I liked Genesis.
I was heavily into the Stagnation,Musical Box, Hogweed, Lamb, Suppers ready era and I took the tape home expectantly. Compared to the earlier stuff it disappointed me, but today all these years later, listening to it in isolation and without comparison I am enjoying it!