Sunday 25 September 2016

Babylon - Babylon (1978)

The one and only album from this US band.

The band was a five piece band with synths, keyboards, percussions, drums, bass, guitars and vocals.

Babylon has been described as Genesis from the Nursery Cryme era. This album has been described as the long lost Genesis album.

... and my opinion.... That is not far of the mark. Take a bit more theatrical Peter Gabriel, of which Doroccus in Babylon wants to sound like, and add Genesis from that era.

It is obvious that Babylon was not as good as Genesis. The four songs on this thirty-five minutes long album is not in the same class as Trespass, Nursery Cryme or Foxtrot. But the sound is the same. The same pastoral sound. The same use of guitars and bass. Babylon use a bit more synths than Genesis too.

The four songs here are all enjoyable. A bit long'ish songs. A bit more complex and a bit more American than Genesis.

But this is indeed an album for the diehard Genesis fans out there. And what is there not to like about an album like this ?

I like it. But my main gripe is the lack of any great tracks. Babylon was never great song writers. Hence, they did not survive as a band. This is a good album though and recommended.

3 points

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