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2.61 | 1292 ratings

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3 stars I'm somewhat in between of those who intensely dislike this album and those who like it, thus an easy three star album for me. The title track is a brilliant team effort, for once Mike Rutherford displaying some good lead guitar, Tony Banks adding some great keyboard flashes and Phil Collins driving it all forward. Great staple addition to their live performances over their next few years and just maybe we get to hear it live again next year when the band reunites.

No Reply At All is actually a very good song once you get past any bias you have about a horn section belonging on a Genesis record. Me And Sarah Jane is Tony Banks attempting melancholy. Personally I don't like it, but others might. When Banks sticks to darkness I love it. Watchers Of The Skies is just about my favorite Genesis track. You won't find anything like that here on Abacab unfortunately.

Keep It Dark is awful. While Abacab is an example of a seven minute song which seems to be over in less than three minutes, Dodo/Lurker is an example of a seven minute song which still seems to be dragging it's feet after fourteen minutes. Who Dunnit makes Keep It Dark a musical masterpiece by comparison.

If you haven't lost interest in the album by the time you get past the first two tracks on side two you have a couple of treats ahead of you. Man On The Corner is a very good laid back number by Phil Collins, while Like It Or Not is a very good love song by Mike Rutherford with some great Banks keyboard work.

If the band could have finished this album with a half decent number I would have added a half a star to my score. Not to be. They give us Another Record.

iluvmarillion | 3/5 |


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