Sound — 9
"Selling England By The Pound", is what I consider the best album Genesis ever made. Tony Banks discovers synthesizers and real soloing, Steve Hackett introduced sweep picking to progressive rock, and Peter Gabriel's vocals were at their best. The album is started with the two radio hits, "Dancing With The Moonlit Night" and "I Know What I Like", considered the greatest works in the Hackett/Gabriel era. The rest of the album fluidly runs with little error, with "Firth Of Fifth", "After The Ordeal" and "The Cinema Show", one of Banks' greatest keyboard solos.
Lyrics — 9
Even after writing "Suppers Ready" for Foxtrot, Peter Gabriel was still full of amazing songs, and his vocals were just as good if not better. His reference to pop culture destroying Britain's music in "Dancing With The Moonlit Knight" is genius, and his writing about mythology and classical Shakespear in "The Cinema Show" is especially good. Even Phil Collins' vocals in "more fool me" is Beautiful.
Overall Impression — 10
Compared to the sometimes more drawn out songs in previous albums, "Selling England By The Pound" is essential. "Firth Of Fifth" was the first song that got me into Genesis, with the piano intro, the amazing lyrics, synthesizer jam session showing off Phil Collins' worth as a drummer, and the amazing guitar solo at the end, this song is my personal favorite song of any Genesis song. If there is anything on this album that's not perfect, it's "Battle Of Epping Forrest", one of those songs where the band got a little carried away with their jamming. If someone stole this from me I would probably slit their wrists with a rusty fish hook! If you are not sure what Genesis album to get, "Selling England By The Pound" is a good start!