Abacab (studio album) by Genesis

Abacab by Genesis
Year: 1981
Overall rank: 2,375th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
70/100 (from 280 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top albums of 1981 (38th)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (368th)
Award Best albums of all time (2,375th)
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Genesis bestography

Abacab is ranked 12th best out of 32 albums by Genesis on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Genesis is Selling England By The Pound which is ranked number 126 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 13,543.

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Abacab track list

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Average Rating: 
70/100 (from 280 votes)
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This album has a Bayesian average rating of 70.4/100, a mean average of 69.2/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 70.3/100. The standard deviation for this album is 17.5.

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95/100
From 01/17/2022 16:32
A new sound and it pays off. The music is stripped back and kind of raw but the album has a great energy. I think it's a very underrated album and incredibly progressive by not resting on their laurels. They are applauded by me for trying new things.
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From 05/16/2021 18:40
Pretty damn good. It slogs at the end, but from a music theory standpoint, there'a still plenty to enjoy. Much better than more popular albums of 1981.
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90/100
From 07/31/2020 15:03
This is the album where you can tell that Genesis had fully embraced pop. It came in varying levels of success (No Reply at All, Man on the Corner: pretty good! Like It or Not, Another Record: not so much), but the fact that Genesis was able to fit right in with the sound while also adopting elements of new wave in the process is pretty impressive, and the enhanced production value only makes it better. Some Genesis fans might tell you that they completely abandoned prog by this point, but that's not true. The title track, the second half of Me and Sarah Jane, and Dodo/Lurker all have some fine prog or prog-inspired moments. Overall, Abacab is uneven with the highs being somewhat high and the lows being pretty low (*ahem* Who Dunnit?), but it's not bad record at all, and it's not one that you should skip if you're considering getting into Genesis.
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75/100
From 10/28/2018 15:04
Worst than any earlier Genesis album. Much worse indeed. 5/10.
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85/100
From 01/18/2017 15:17
Beyond the poppiness and hits, Me & Sarah Jane and Like it Or Not are two of my favorite Genesis songs. A super solid album ridiculously well produced.
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65/100
From 12/20/2016 05:46
I don't think it's as good as "Duke" or the self-titled, but there are still some decent tracks on "Abacab". I used to hate this album, but it's much better than I remembered it being. I still skip "Who Dunnit" though, probably THE worst Genesis song.
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95/100
From 06/30/2016 05:35
The title track has one of the best call & response guitar/synth conversations ever recorded. Explosive song and probably Genesis' last interesting album. Holds up well.
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65/100
From 06/21/2016 13:03
Not bad Genesis album, but as with each release from this record on they sound more and more like a Phil Collins solo combo. Although, keep it dark, is one of the better eighties sings from the band. As far as the album was concerned, the past is the past.
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75/100
From 01/31/2015 12:55
Genesis période pop : pas au top mais comme je suis fan.
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70/100
From 10/17/2014 21:54
very similar to the 'Duke' album play them back to back you got a Double album best tracks here 'Keep It Dark' and title track 'Abacab'
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Best Albums of 1981
1. Moving Pictures by Rush
2. Computerwelt [Computer World] by Kraftwerk
3. Discipline by King Crimson
4. My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts by Brian Eno & David Byrne
5. Juju by Siouxsie And The Banshees
6. Time by Electric Light Orchestra
7. Dare by The Human League
8. Faith by The Cure
9. Damaged by Black Flag
10. Deceit by This Heat
11. Fire Of Love by The Gun Club
12. Ghost In The Machine by The Police
13. Youth Of America by Wipers
14. Heaven Up Here by Echo & The Bunnymen
15. Tattoo You by The Rolling Stones
16. The Ascension by Glenn Branca
17. Face Value by Phil Collins
18. Killers by Iron Maiden
19. Movement by New Order
20. Nightclubbing by Grace Jones
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