Genesis - Duke [Atlantic Records SD 16014] (28 March 1980)

Released: 28 March 1980
Country: US
Label: Atlantic Records
Catalog: SD 16014
Genre: Rock, Prog Rock

Item# SR-ATSD16014
Ratings: C=VG+; LP=VG+

T R A C K L I S T:
01 Behind The Lines
02 Duchess
03 Guide Vocal
04 Man Of Our Times
05 Misunderstanding
06 Heathaze
07 Turn It On Again
08 Alone Tonight
09 Cul-De-Sac
10 Please Don't Ask
11 Duke's Travels
12 Duke's End


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Album Review

Stephen Thomas Erlewine []

If And Then There Were Three suggested that Genesis were moving toward pop, Duke is where they leaped into the fray. Not that it was exactly a head-first leap: the band may have peppered the album with pop songs, but there was still a heavy dose of prog, as the concluding ''Duke'' suite made clear. This is modernist art rock, quite dissimilar to the fragile, delicate Selling England by the Pound, and sometimes the precision of the attack can be a little bombastic. Nevertheless, this is a major leap forward in distinguishing the sound of Genesis, the band, and along with a new signature sound come pop songs, particularly in the guise of ''Misunderstanding'' and ''Turn It on Again.'' The first is a light, nearly soulful, heartache song, the latter is a thunderous arena rocker, and both showcase the new version of Genesis at its absolute best. The rest of the record comes close to matching them.