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ABACAB

Genesis

 

Symphonic Prog

2.61 | 1232 ratings

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Ivan_Melgar_M
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1 stars When I listen a Genesis album from Trespass to Wind & Wuthering I feel joy and pleasure, when I listen ATTWT or Duke I feel nostalgia, because even though are mediocre you can still notice distant echoes of a glorious past. When I listen ABACAB I feel shame.

How could they sell out so fast? Why didn't they change the name of the band? Those are questions for which I have no answer, and to be honest I don't care, because I will hear once again some excuses like "They had to survive", "It was a different decade and Prog' was dead" , "They are better now" or even worst somebody may say "ABACAB is a real progressive album because they changed".

It's hard to comment the album because the guitar is terrible (Mike, play your bass, you're good on it), the keyboards Tony used are terrible, sound as those cheap ones you can get anywhere for 200 bucks, and Collins voice, well at least his voice is perfect for pop.

I will only comment the two worst tracks, because all the rest are bad but not as this ones.

"No Reply at All" is not the worst song of this album, but from the moment they mixed Genesis with Earth Wind & Fire (A band that represents disco music) you can expect anything.

"Who Dunnit?", well this track is simply the worst joke I ever heard, the lyrics are stupid, the music is repetitive (ad nauseam), I don't care who dunnit? I just don't want to listen this aberration.

The rest of the tracks are boring and absolutely predictable, the long songs (not epics of course) could have been done in 3 minutes with no radical change, Phil Collins was starting to turn Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford in his favorite session musicians.

I was going to give this album one star because Invisible Touch and Genesis (Shapes) are even worst, but the rating legend for one star is "Poor. Only for completionists" and ABACAB is not in this category, because I rather have my Genesis collection incomplete than mixing this thing with "Foxtrot" or "Nursery Cryme".

"Bad. Do not buy" is my honest recommendation, so I'll give 0 stars.

Ivan_Melgar_M | 1/5 |

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