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DUKE

Genesis

 

Symphonic Prog

3.48 | 973 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
3 stars I am no fan of Phil Collins pop era Genesis. Duke is another one of these pop albums, although not really straight pop. Pompeous pop is a more fitting label.

The album starts of with a great keyboard theme. I am not a fan of these synthetic plastic fantastic keyboards sound Tony Banks used in the 1980s. This album has plenty of it. The 1980s era Genesis was much less organic than the 1970s era Genesis. Collins and Banks kind of jumped on this bandwagon which was the 1980s. This decade was the lost decade of the mankind with horrendous clothes and music. Genesis kinds of falls into that category where all organisms are replaced with plastic sounds. The Duke is full of this type of sounds. Where is the warmth and the humanity of Trespass and Foxtrot ? Gone. Gone forever. Instead, we get assaulted by some plastic keyboards. Kind of robots in a car factory, killing all human ideas of creatitivty. The good material is there on Duke. But it is being coated in plastic and denied any breathing space.

There are some good songs here and I am not slaughtering it. Genesis has released far worse albums than this one. But I have some serious objections towards the sound and that sound kills of the good material. Yes, I am rambling on and probably not making much sense. But I am just expressing my view which comes from my senses, processes in my soul. That means Duke = good songs + bad sound.

3 stars (barely)

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |

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