|I'm just going to have to say it. In my honest opinion, Genesis's worst album is not FGTR - it's Abacab.|
Now, this sudden change of opinion might sound strange, if not ridiculous, at first. "Really? Abacab? But... it's not that bad, right? How can it possibly be worse than FGTR?"
Allow me to explain.
FGTR, to me, can be forgiven. It was their first album. Their first attempt at recorded music. And although it doesn't succeed, I'm starting to really like parts of it. I can appreciate the attempt at making it and specific bits of it have an eerie, wise, elderly tone. It's mostly forgettable to the point where most of it will never fully sink in, but this just makes the album all the more fascinating to me. It's a dark, mystical and intriguing antique.
Abacab, on the other hand, is bad for far worse reasons. I'm sorry, but I can't hold this opinion back any longer: It's a complete mess. It may have a few good songs, but even those good songs have underwhelming moments to me. My favourite track on the album is the title track, and even that song's instrumental ending isn't that great. The rest of the album is mostly mediocre and at times, entirely lacking in flavour and energy. And of course, the album is home to the band's biggest stinker. But even then, subtracting this one song doesn't significantly improve the album. The whole thing feels like it was slapped together, much like the colours of the album cover. It's inconsistent and it never truly gets itself going, and it doesn't even end well. It's just an overall highly unrewarding experience for me, and sticks out in their discography like a sore, multicoloured thumb.
Sorry to any Abacab fans but I wanted to get this off by chest after all these years. I've always been very critical of the album, but at the same time I kept trying to defend it in my head. I can no longer do so. It's a cold, ugly album. One that, quite frankly, I don't think I ever need to listen to again. Its three best songs are all on Three Sides Live and are amongst other great songs, and I'd much rather listen to that album any day of the week.