Genesis Duke Album

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Release information about the album
Release Date: 03/31/1980
Tracks in Duke: Behind The Lines, Duchess, Guide Vocal, Man Of Our Times, Misunderstanding, Heathaze, Turn It On Again, Alone Tonight, Cul-De-Sac, Please Don't Ask, Duke's Travels, Duke's End

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One of Genesis' stronger albums. | Reviewer: Zeryx | 10/9/2008

Duke has a lot of solid songs.
Interesting base-lines and melodies, though there
is some recycling to transition between songs and sampling to tie the album together. Sounds a lot like one long song, in the best of prog-rock tradition.

The synth is a bit uneven, varying between flavour (Duchess, Misunderstanding) and over-powering (Man of our Times, Duke's End).

Strongest songs are radio-friendly hits "Misunderstanding" and "Turn it on Again." However, most of the songs are very strong and deserve more notice, especially Heathaze, which has a great melody, Cul-De-Sac which invokes generation X, and Please Don't ask which is a bit melodramatic but really tight.

The downside is that the rest of the songs tend to be weighed down by overbearing obnoxious synth. The title track, Duke, vacillates between the two, having both really rockin' and really obnoxious bits.

In summation, suffer through the occasional brassy over-synthesized song or section of a song and have a solid trip back to when classic rock started to merge into 80s pop. Three and a half stars.

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