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 The album art of Genesis: an evaluation by criticalhit 2009

From Genesis To Revalation, 1969

Genesis’ first album is mostly a footnote in the band’s career. The black with dark…something text only pushes the album from memorability. D-

Trespass, 1970

Much improved. The ornamentation adds to the presentation without overpowering it, and the rendering of the knife cutting through the artwork itself adds a meta-textual layer to the work, connecting to the breakout song of the album, “The Knife.” Sophisticated lettering adds a lot as well, considering Genesis has a troubled history with its logo. B+

Nursery Cryme, 1971

Kind of doofy, but I like the texture of the artwork. The stripes leading to a singular horizon point adds some visual interest, and the central figure is incredibly intriguing. B-

Foxtrot, 1972

So there’s a whale, and the Watcher of the Skies, and some people on the shore. A curious scene, to be sure. Unfortunately, Genesis used the same name logo from Nursery Cryme. It’s ok, but I find the logo on Trespass more interesting, even though it would not translate well to many of the other albums. I find the overall blue ocean feel nicer than the bland yellow/tan of Nursery Cryme, with some nice illustration of the waves. B+

Selling England By The Pound, 1973

The painterly texture of the album art is a very nuanced addition to the artwork., but with a plain light yellow-tan border, the artwork itself can feel a bit drab. A few of the figures have some interesting flavor to them in their fashion, but the scene is enigmatic, making it difficult to evaluate. Unfortunately, the name logo is just plain text, which is also another disappointing entry in the “Genesis never really has a good logo for their name” history. B

The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, 1974

One of the best entries. The tension between the men in the palpable. The figures are dynamic, and each photo background reflects the textures and terrors of modernity. The conceit of the artwork itself is interesting and insightful to the album, a nice plus. The logo is probably the weakest link in the ensemble, but it’s still a vast improvement to plain text. A-