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ABACAB

Genesis

 

Symphonic Prog

2.61 | 1292 ratings

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Easy Livin
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2 stars Call a cab

This is where it all went completely wrong. Phil Collins was dragging the band closer and closer to his solo output, to the extent that by "Abacab", it's hard to tell the difference.

It's bad enough that there is nothing progressive here, "Dodo" is as close as they get, but in fact there is nothing particularly good either. The title track, named apparently after the structure of the song, was a big hit single, and its easy to understand why. Essentially, its just another funky pop song, a million miles from the Gabriel or indeed later Hackett eras.

The rest of the tracks are in a similar vein, simple shortish soul/funk influenced songs featuring Collins vocals and little else.

Fortunately, Genesis would find their way back towards their progressive roots on parts of subsequent albums, but this is a real low point in the band's output, even the sleeve is devoid of inspiration.

Easy Livin | 2/5 |

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