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2 stars After "Duke" I had high hopes for the band and then I got ahold of this.

"Abacab" - The really only strongish track on the album.

"No Reply at All" - A simple pop number that's bouncy and happy.

"Me and Sarah Jane" - airy and without much depth at all.

"Keep it Dark" - more pop music with a monotonous kind of keyboard riff driving it.

"Dodo / Lurker" - Way better than much of the above but nothing that I would write home about. Quirky lyrics and keyboard.

"Who Dunnit" - this is terrible - attempts to be funny.

"Man on the Corner" - Beat machine? I hate em. I like this track though. Very simple but it has a melancholy sound that I don't mind.

"Like it or Not" - A dumb love song that is innocuous but I don't mind the sound.

"Another Record" - The name of the track kind of sums this album up for me - it's just another record.

What on earth was this? On the interview that I listened to Banks admits to purposely breaking away from the old Genesis sound. When Genesis played the Abacab tracks live at around this time they were boo'd in Holland. On first hearing this I must have added to the chorus of boo's that there were plenty of from fans of older Genesis material. As a progressive album this is about as usefull as a nail in the foot. To me it became Phil Collins - pop crooner - and his backing band from here on in. I can only award two stars here as it is a poor if innocuous album that I wouldn't even recommend to collectors or fans of the band - it is, however, good at what it is - a total turnaround from the band into teen love angst music.

sukmytoe | 2/5 |


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