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Chris H
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2 stars I think this album might have put Gabriel and Hackett on suicide watch. This being the first Genesis album I purchased, I was turned off of them until I read the rave reviews of their early work, even then I was timid about buying a Genesis album. After the first trip through "Abacab" I thought all it needed was a second chance, but by the fourth time I figured burning money would have been smarter than buying this CD.

"Abacab" kicks off the album, and it has some pretty decent chord progression, but it only lasts about a minute until it becomes the Phil Collins be-stupid-and-bang-a-drum-for-six- more-minutes show. "No Reply At All" was probably the track that kept this album from being thrown through my window. It gets a tad repetitive and the horns are cheesy, but hey, they were just rolling with the times. "Me And Sarah Jane" and "Keep It Dark" are two boring forgettable type tracks. Don't even bother with them, unless you are trying to invent a new sleeping pill. "Dodo/Lurker" changes the pace for a minute here, as it starts off with and excellent beat and some incredible drumming. However, a lack of meat in the middle and over-the-top cheesy lyrics ultimately kill the mood of happiness. "Who Dunnit?" is just a track that gives you a migrain and makes you want to go deaf. It's bad. The lyrics are completely non-sensical and utterly absurd, not to mention repetitive. The last three tracks are just some more forgettable commercially adapted tracks that turn you completely off.

Peter Gabriel, your band has officially sold out sir. This album was made to be commercially successful, and Genesis lost most of their fanbase because they changed their styles from getting-worse to utterly unlistenable. DO NOT BUY!

Chris H | 2/5 |


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