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Abbey Road
Abbey Road
Price: £9.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting end, 3 April 2013
This review is from: Abbey Road (Audio CD)
The last recorded album, but not the last to be released, 'Abbey Road' is an amazing end to an equally amazing band whose legacy is paralleled by few and probably unsurpassed by that of any other artist.

Lennon and Harrison in particular shine as songwriters on this album. The former with 'Come Together' and 'I Want You (She's So Heavy)' which is indeed a heavy addition to the Beatles' catalogue. The latter with 'Something' and 'Here Comes The Sun', both standing proudly alongside even the best Lennon/McCartney-penned classics.

As for McCartney, the arrangement of a medley forming the second half of the album is so brilliant that even the writing and inclusion of the uncharacteristically rather awful 'Maxwell's Silver Hammer' is more than forgiven. There is quite a lot of symbolism in that medley, consisting as it does of more of less unfinished ideas. Cleaning out the cupboard, so to speak. Penultimate track, 'The End' speaks for itself. It could all so easily have felt contrived, but it comes off as elegant and immensely moving.

It is a fitting, final recording of The Beatles, ending on a high note and is a highly recommended addition to any collection.


Abba-Esque
Abba-Esque
Price: £37.38

3.0 out of 5 stars Erasure meets ABBA, 3 April 2013
This review is from: Abba-Esque (Audio CD)
I must admit to not being particularly fond of ABBA. On the other hand there is no denying that Andersson and Ulvaeus were excellent songwriters who wrote one hit after another. Somehow it seemed only fitting that Erasure (featuring another excellent hitmaker, Vince Clarke) would at some point revisit ABBA. Enter 'Abba-esque' from 1992.

Apart from the easily recognisable Erasure sound, these covers really do not add all that much to the originals, but it's fun and enjoyable in a somewhat forgettable kind of way, with 'Take A Chance On Me' being the best track. I much prefer Erasure's own material, but for fans of both ABBA and Erasure, this would be a must-have.


Abacab
Abacab
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another record..., 3 April 2013
This review is from: Abacab (Audio CD)
The sound of Genesis evolved during their career and 'Abacab' (1981) feels very much like a transitional album, caught somewhere between the band's brand of 'prog' and 'pop'.

I usually find transitional albums to be either very rewarding or very frustrating. These ears put 'Abacab' in the latter category. Not because of the performances as such (Collins, Rutherford and Banks were always very gifted musicians), but because of the quality of the material.

Highlights for me are the two tracks that hark back to Genesis' roots the most: The title track is a Genesis classic in its own right and this album version has an extended instrumental outro, which I find makes it just a bit better than the otherwise brilliant single version. "Dodo/Lurker" is the most ambitious track on the album and is beautifully performed and produced.Sadly these tracks are counterbalanced by 'Keep It Dark' and 'Who Dunnit?'; two tracks that in my opinion are so sub-standard Genesis that they should never have been committed to tape in the first place. To each his own, I guess.

Several of the remaining tracks - most notably 'Man On The Corner' and 'No Reply At All' - would not sound out of place on a Phil Collins solo album. While this vouches for excellent craftsmanship, the tracks are, well, rather dull when compared to the music you know Genesis were capable of.

Genesis would explore the hybrid of progressive rock and pop music further - and more successfully - on the self-titled album (1983) and 'Invisible Touch' (1986). For me, 'Abacab' as a whole is inessential and for fans only.


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