Acclaimed Albums – Selling England by the Pound by Genesis

List item: Listen to the 1000 Most Acclaimed Albums
Progress: 335/1000
Title: Selling England by the Pound
Artist: Genesis
Year: 1973

It’s taken nearly two months, and twenty albums, before I was statistically able to listen to an album from the 1970s. Like with Paul Simon this is an album that my husband was also doing as part of his own blog efforts – otherwise I probably wouldn’t have gone for a Genesis album. At least I had some familiarity with one of the tracks from a 1001 song post, even if I did end the post with “Did I like it? Honestly, I don’t really know”.

At least when I listened to Selling England by the Pound as a whole album rather than the single song, it made sense in the wider context. Honestly, it does make me wonder just how many of the 1001 songs I would have liked more when I heard them in their album’s surroundings. Well, ‘I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)’ is one of those, although it would not have been my favourite track on the album.

In the end, this album is a brand of art pop or whatever you would like to call this vague collection of genres that exploded in the early 1970s. This is one of those albums where I knew at the end of it that I enjoyed it and that I appreciated the work that went into this prog-rock/baroque pop hour. It is also, like a number of albums I have listened to for this blog (and will still encounter in the future) that I liked in the moment and I know that I am unlikely to go back to.

Honestly though, I preferred the solo Peter Gabriel album I listened to whilst I was getting over COVID-19. I appreciate the complexity in what they were doing, although I wasn’t entirely on board with what they were doing lyrically. It’ll be interesting to see what their following 1974 album ends up sounding like – when I eventually get around to it.

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