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ABACAB

Genesis

 

Symphonic Prog

2.61 | 1231 ratings

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Tonbridge Man
2 stars When I first heard the single Abacab back in 1981 I thought hey thats not bad, quite catchy interesting sound. On the back of that I bought the cassette ( those were the days!). The band were obviously trying to get away from their prog dinosaur image and reinvent themserlves for the 80's with the help of Earth Wind and Fire, a popular band of the time.

Unfortunately the result was probably the weakest Collins era album. After the bright start with the title track No reply at all sounds like Phil was limbering up for his solo career with his backing band. Even the usually reliable Tony Banks produced one of his less interesting efforts in Me and Sarah Jane. Keep it dark is well named as it is completely forgettable. After feeling short changed by side one side 2 does pick up somewhat with Dodo/Lurker, the best track on the album. Unfortunately the effect is soon dashed by Who dunnit? which is not only the worst track on this album but probably the most excrutiating track ever made by this great band. After that Phil's poppy Man on the Corner comes as something of a relief. Like it or not rolls past inoffensively and the insipid final track Another record says it all about this effort - mostly uninspired and only for completionists and fans of 80's Genesis. Proggers are advised to stay away.

Tonbridge Man | 2/5 |

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