Live Over Europe 2007


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Live Over Europe 2007 Review

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Quickly released a few months after Genesis' reunion tour of the summer of 2007, Live Over Europe 2007 is a 21-track collection that finds Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, and Tony Banks sampling from every era of the band's career, giving equal emphasis to pop hits and extended prog pieces. In other words, it's a live album that looks good on paper, but in practice Live Over Europe 2007 is a bit of a snooze, as the sound is too pristine and the performances too well-oiled to have much of a spark. It's not that the group sounds rusty -- quite the opposite, actually. They sound like they've been playing this set list every year for ten years instead of being on hiatus for over a decade. They're too professional to be bad, but they're too predictable to be interesting, at least on record, even for the diehards who enjoyed them in concert.

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