|2. No Reply At All|
|3. Me And Sarah Jane|
|4. Keep It Dark|
|6. Who Dunnit?|
|7. Man On The Corner|
|8. Like It Or Not|
|9. Another Record|
But wow, look at the vitriol that prog-rock fans will sling at any iconic band that changes its sound. Well, Abacab is where Genesis *started* for me -- that's right, with MTV -- and yes, I have sensed a quality decline in subsequent albums. (If you think Abacab is a pop sell-out, you haven't listened to Invisible Touch or, worse, We Can't Dance.) But! There's always been at least a little good stuff to keep me coming back. (In truth, I still love Invisible Touch, despite my best efforts to go with the anti-corporate flow and hate it.) I haven't yet gotten into Gabriel-era Genesis, but I'm looking forward to exploring it someday. Plenty to choose from! If you don't like their later music, don't buy the darned stuff. Peter Gabriel did move on with a solo career, in case you didn't notice.
"Who Dunnit" is one of my favorite tracks on Abacab. It's weird, but intentionally so. It's a playful riff: "Who Dunnit" always sounded to me like "Abacab" played sideways, if you can picture that.
Likewise, Tony Banks took advantage of the new set of sounds that became available with digital synths in the 1980s. He selected sounds that were appropriate in context and played them as such. This does not show a lack of talent at all, he's still carefully choosing the right sound and playing an appropriate part, just like he always did. I can understand why someone might prefer the analog sounds of the 1970s, but that still has nothing to do with talent.
Also, in reply to the "no Peter no Steve no Genesis" argument: Peter and Steve were certainly important members of Genesis, but the backbone of the band has always been Tony and Mike. Most of the music and a good deal of the sound has usually come from them. Peter was mainly a lyricist and a showman, and Steve is an excellent guitarist but he didn't contribute much to the band in terms of writing. So I think as long as you've got Tony and Mike, you've got Genesis.
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