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Released: September 1983

Rating: 3.428 (average of 9 ratings)

Genre: album rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Mama [6:47]
  2. That’s All [4:24]
  3. Home by the Sea [5:07]
  4. Second Home by the Sea [6:08]
  5. Illegal Alien [5:13]
  6. Taking It All Too Hard [3:56]
  7. Just a Job to Do [4:46]
  8. Silver Rainbow [4:28]
  9. It’s Gonna Get Better [5:00]

All songs written by Banks/Collins/Rutherford.

Total Running Time: 45:33


sales in U.S. only 4 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 600,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 10 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 9
peak on U.K. album chart 1 1

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Mama (9/3/83) #73 US, #4 UK, #5 AR
  • It’s Gonna Get Better (10/8/83) #16 AR
  • Just a Job to Do (10/29/83) #10 AR
  • That’s All (11/5/83) #6 US, #16 UK, #2 AR, #7 AC
  • Illegal Alien (11/5/83) #44 US, #46 UK, #21 AR
  • Home by the Sea (11/5/83) #24 AR
  • Taking It All Too Hard (2/25/84) #50 US, #41 AR, #11 AC


One of my personal top 100 albums of all time. Click to learn more.

“If Genesis still had one foot in the art rock world with Abacab, they jumped into pop with both feet on their eponymous release” (Iyengar). With their “mid-tempo arrangements designed for pop radio in the 1980s” (Iyengar), “the songs are so concise they’re virtually new wave, but still steeped in angst” (Pareles). Then there’s the “crisp, glossy production” (Iyengar) courtesy of “Police and XTC producer Hugh Padham” (Pareles), in which “the drums go boom and Collins belts hard while simple keyboard hooks are slammed home” (Pareles).

The “determined attempt to go pop…(Are those cookie cutters on the album cover?)” (Pareles), meant a “lack of musical innovation that fans had come to expect was a little disappointing” (Iyengar). Still, “after years of relative obscurity on this side of the Atlantic, one cannot blame the band, especially one so talented” (Iyengar).

Besides, even if “they had lost their edge, Genesis still had the ability to craft catchy songs” (Iyengar). “There were many hits, the biggest of which were the slower easy listening songs such as That's All or Taking It All Too Hard. While all the songs are unbelievable catchy, they often mask inane lyrics” (Iyengar), such as on “the surpassingly stupid, Mexican-accented Illegal Alien – where craftsmanship overcomes good sense” (Pareles) and “tarnishes the album” (Pareles).

Genesis still represents the best pop radio of that era, and the album is still recommended for fans looking for 1980s nostalgia or fans of Phil Collins' solo work” (Iyengar).

Review Source(s):
  • Jon Pareles, Blender magazine. (10/07), pp.118-9.
  • Vik Iyengar, All Music Guide

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previous studio album: Abacab (1981) Genesis’ DMDB page next studio album: Invisible Touch (1986)

Last updated April 3, 2008.