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ABACAB

Genesis

 

Symphonic Prog

2.61 | 1292 ratings

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classicprogsovereign
4 stars The first word that pops into Gabriel-era Genesis freaks' minds when the cursed word 'Abacab' is muttered is 'SELL-OUT!'. I'd say this is a little harsh, showing that, despite leaning more towards pop than progressive, Abacab is one of the group's most artistically genuine masterpieces. That's right, you heard me; Abacab, the entire record, is an ARTISTIC MASTERPIECE. In fact, it sort of reminds me of the Beatles' work (and, trust me, I know, it's a ridiculous comparison). It balances accessible, catchy pop music with intricate, artistically innovative masterpieces, and does so just as well as any of their '70s recordings. Sure, "Abacab" and "No Reply at All" are classic rock radio staples (and with good reason), but I can safely assume that the mass of ignorant Genesis 'fans' on here that bash this album endlessly haven't heard "Keep it Dark" or "Me and Sarah Jane", which easily rank among the group's most prolific works. In fact, I must admit that the title track is one of my all-time favorite songs by Genesis, from any era.

All in all, Abacab is no Selling England By the Pound, it isn't as good as Nursery Cryme, but it punches the ticket pretty darn well...in fact, I'd say it showcases the group at their artistic peak with Collins fronting; it's modern art rock at its finest, and I heavily recommend it.

classicprogsovereign | 4/5 |

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