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* VariantCover: The album art you see on the trope page is only one of four. While they are similar, they all use separate color schemes.colour schemes. Another one can be seen on the album's Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abacab article.]]


Reviews were generally positive and the album was also a commercial success, being certified double platinum by the RIAA in 1988, with "Abacab" and "No Reply at All" as the two most successful singles of the album. Three of the songs left off the final cut were eventually released the following year as the ''3x3'' EP, which in turn was included in the international versions of the live album ''Three Sides Live''.

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Reviews were generally positive and the The album was also a commercial success, being certified double platinum by the RIAA in 1988, with "Abacab" and "No Reply at All" as the two most successful singles of the album. Three of the songs left off the final cut were eventually released the following year as the ''3x3'' EP, which in turn was included in the international versions of the live album ''Three Sides Live''.


* EpicRocking: While the album is still firmly in a pop-oriented direction, "Dodo/Lurker" still maintained some Progressive Rock elements and clocked in above seven minutes.

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* EpicRocking: While the album is still firmly in a pop-oriented direction, "Dodo/Lurker" still maintained some Progressive Rock elements and clocked in above seven minutes. The title track also clocked in at around seven minutes in its album version.


'''''Abacab''''' is the eleventh studio album by [[ProgressiveRock progressive]] and {{pop}} rock group Music/{{Genesis}}. It was released through Charisma Records on 18 September 1981 in the United Kingdom, and through Creator/AtlanticRecords on 24 September 1981 in the United States.

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'''''Abacab''''' ''Abacab'' is the eleventh studio album by [[ProgressiveRock progressive]] and {{pop}} rock group Music/{{Genesis}}. It was released through Charisma Records Creator/CharismaRecords on 18 September 1981 in the United Kingdom, and through Creator/AtlanticRecords on 24 September 1981 in the United States.


''Abacab'' is the eleventh studio album by [[ProgressiveRock progressive]] and {{pop}} rock group Music/{{Genesis}}. It was released through Charisma Records on 18 September 1981 in the United Kingdom, and through Creator/AtlanticRecords on 24 September 1981 in the United States.

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''Abacab'' '''''Abacab''''' is the eleventh studio album by [[ProgressiveRock progressive]] and {{pop}} rock group Music/{{Genesis}}. It was released through Charisma Records on 18 September 1981 in the United Kingdom, and through Creator/AtlanticRecords on 24 September 1981 in the United States.


''Abacab'' is the eleventh studio album by Music/{{Genesis}}, released on 18 September 1981 through Charisma Records. After touring in 1980 to promote their album ''Music/{{Duke}}'', the band took a brief hiatus before buying a farmhouse in Surrey and converting it into a recording studio, making this the first album since ''Music/ATrickOfTheTail'' to be recorded in their native UK. The Farm would go on to record the remainder of Genesis' musical output, as well as the solo projects among the three band members.

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''Abacab'' is the eleventh studio album by Music/{{Genesis}}, [[ProgressiveRock progressive]] and {{pop}} rock group Music/{{Genesis}}. It was released through Charisma Records on 18 September 1981 in the United Kingdom, and through Charisma Records. Creator/AtlanticRecords on 24 September 1981 in the United States.

After touring in 1980 to promote their album ''Music/{{Duke}}'', the band took a brief hiatus before buying a farmhouse in Surrey and converting it into a recording studio, making this the first album since ''Music/ATrickOfTheTail'' to be recorded in their native UK. The Farm would go on to record the remainder of Genesis' musical output, as well as the solo projects among the three band members.


* EpicRocking: While the album is still firmly in a pop-oriented direction, Dodo/Lurker still maintained some Progressive Rock elements and clocked in above seven minutes.

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* EpicRocking: While the album is still firmly in a pop-oriented direction, Dodo/Lurker "Dodo/Lurker" still maintained some Progressive Rock elements and clocked in above seven minutes.




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* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: Invoked on the opening lines of "Dodo/Lurker".
-->Too big to fly\\
Dodo ugly, so dodo must die.


Reviews were generally positive and the album was also a commercial success, being certified double platinum by the RIAA in 1988, with "Abacab" and "No Reply at All" as the two most successful singles of the album. Three of the songs left off the final cut were eventually released the following year as the ''3x3'' EP, which in turn was included in the international versions of the live album ''Tbree Sides Live''.

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Reviews were generally positive and the album was also a commercial success, being certified double platinum by the RIAA in 1988, with "Abacab" and "No Reply at All" as the two most successful singles of the album. Three of the songs left off the final cut were eventually released the following year as the ''3x3'' EP, which in turn was included in the international versions of the live album ''Tbree ''Three Sides Live''.

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[[caption-width-right:350:''"And there's no reply at all. There's no reply at all."'']]

->''"When they do it, you're never there.\\
When they show it, you stop and stare.\\
Abacab isn't anywhere.\\
Abacab doesn't really care."''
-->--"[[TitleTrack Abacab]]"

''Abacab'' is the eleventh studio album by Music/{{Genesis}}, released on 18 September 1981 through Charisma Records. After touring in 1980 to promote their album ''Music/{{Duke}}'', the band took a brief hiatus before buying a farmhouse in Surrey and converting it into a recording studio, making this the first album since ''Music/ATrickOfTheTail'' to be recorded in their native UK. The Farm would go on to record the remainder of Genesis' musical output, as well as the solo projects among the three band members.

Following the departure of their previous producer Dave Hentschel, Genesis sought Hugh Padgham - who previously worked on Phil Collins' solo album ''Music/FaceValue'' and [[Music/{{Melt}} Peter Gabriel's third self-titled album]] - as album engineer while the band took sole production credit for the first time. They were impressed with Padgham's "gated reverb" effect on Collins' drums in the Music/PeterGabriel song "Intruder" and sought to incorporate elements of that in their album.

Reviews were generally positive and the album was also a commercial success, being certified double platinum by the RIAA in 1988, with "Abacab" and "No Reply at All" as the two most successful singles of the album. Three of the songs left off the final cut were eventually released the following year as the ''3x3'' EP, which in turn was included in the international versions of the live album ''Tbree Sides Live''.

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!!Tracklist
[[AC:Side One]]
# "Abacab" (6:58)
# "No Reply At All" (4:33)
# "Me and Sarah Jane" (6:02)
# "Keep It Dark" (4:33)

[[AC:Side Two]]
# "Dodo/Lurker" (7:31)
# "Who Dunnit?" (3:22)
# "Man on the Corner" (4:28)
# "Like It or Not" (4:58)
# "Another Record" (4:38)

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!!Principal Members:

* Music/TonyBanks keyboards
* Music/PhilCollins drums, vocals
* Music/MikeRutherford basses, guitars

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!!Trope with me, you never trope with me:
* ArtifactTitle: The title "Abacab" itself was taken from a song structure which it was originally to be set to. The structure has changed, being more like "ABABCAB", but the name still stuck with the band.
* BrokenRecord: "Who Dunnit?" uses repetitive lyrics through its run.
* EpicRocking: While the album is still firmly in a pop-oriented direction, Dodo/Lurker still maintained some Progressive Rock elements and clocked in above seven minutes.
* MediumAwareness: "Another Record"
* RiddleMeThis: In "Dodo/Lurker":
-->Clothes of brass and hair of brown\\
Seldom need to breathe, don't need no wings to fly\\
Ooo, and a heart of stone\\
And a fear of fire and water, who am I?
** Answer: [[spoiler:A nuclear submarine]]. "Hair of brown" = [[spoiler:seaweed]]. "Seldom need to breathe" = [[spoiler:unlike a diesel-engined sub, a nuclear one doesn't need oxygen as part of its power]]. "Don't need no wings to fly" = [[spoiler:submarine crews refer to its motion through the water as "flying"]]. "And a heart of stone" = [[spoiler:the fuel rods which power the reactor]]. "A fear of fire and water" because [[spoiler: leaks and fire are both feared on a submarine. Leaks for obvious reasons, and a fire needs oxygen to burn.]].
* SpecialGuest: The [[Music/EarthWindAndFire EWF Horns]] provide the horn section in "No Reply at All".
* VariantCover: The album art you see on the trope page is only one of four. While they are similar, they all use separate color schemes.

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