Of all the Genesis studio albums released, Abacab
would have to be my least favourite. And yes, I include ...Calling All Stations...
Continuing their taste for a more commercial pop sound than they had in the first half of the 70's, the album certainly isn't bad. The opening title song is a reasonable effort, and I particularly like Tony Banks' keyboards touches there, while the following "No Reply At All", despite its dancing brass making it sound like an out-take from Phil Collins' lamentable solo career, is also pretty good.
But from there on, the album's quite spotty, starting with "Me and Sarah Jane", which is pretty dull, until the nice conclusion.
Indeed, most of the songs here have something to offer, like the driving bass in "Keep It Dark", and the silly but charming synth bit in "Dodo/Lurker", but the only piece that really does it for me in a complete sense is the oddball "Who Dunnit?". It's far from the band's best song, but at least it knows how to entertain.
The final two tracks however - "Like It Or Not" and "Another Record" - are completely forgettable, giving off an almost 'who cares?' vibe, to wrap up the album in a way that sees Genesis at their weakest, really.
is a big comedown from the previous Duke
, which is one of my favourites by the band, but thankfully there was better stuff still to come, no matter the criticism the band received during the remainder of their career. Rated:
by Reviewer: The Doctor