Friday 4 April 2014

Abacab (Genesis, 1981)

This is one of the strangest and most interesting songs by the Genesis' trio lineup. Opening the same titled LP, the album version of "Abacab" is nearly 7 minutes long and includes a long instrumental section and an outro, both edited out in the single version. Please consider what I'm going to say as strictly related to the longer version. The band changed its traditional sound very much, still in this track they kept the originality and the unpredictability a prog song - and especially a Genesis one - should have.

Even the cover was something unusual for the band.

The vigorous  rythmic pattern of "Abacab" provides a fil rouge combining an essential melody and a stunning series of variations sounding like improvisations in the instrumental parts. The lyrics seem nonsense, and even the titled was a puzzling one until the band explained that the song sections were labelled as A, B and C, then put together in the A-B-A-C-A-B order.  I sure was surprised when listening to this the first time, 'cause I scarcely recognised Genesis there, but in time I really appreciated this song (not the whole album, maybe) and its harsh and even funny sounds. After all, it is a higly creative music... and that's the essence of prog, isn't it...

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