September 05, 1997 at 04:00 AM EDT

The problem with Genesis’ first album since Phil Collins’ departure isn’t new frontman Ray Wilson. Indeed, Wilson’s anonymous efficiency is well matched to charter members Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford’s idea-starved new compositions and uneventful instrumental tracks. At best, Calling All Stations offers pale echoes of Genesis’ more distinctive prior work; at worst, it’s an uncomfortable reminder of the passionless complacency that killed prog rock back in the ’70s. C-

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