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3 stars The last good album of prog legends!

"Duke" is probably the last GENESIS album that can appeal to prog listeners, although it surely marked a direction in which the band would move on throught the 1980s. It is obvious in soul/R&B moments of "Behind the Lines" and "Misunderstanding", which would be frequently called upon by the subsequent GENESIS and Collins solo albums. Here they are still nicely fitting into the album concept. In "Duchess" we witness the introduction of drum machine, but again it is here far more effective than on the later albums. Apart from these, excellent moments on the album include "Man of Our Times" and the closing pair "Duke's Travels/Duke's End", the latter being obviously shaped after the similar ending of "Selling England", "Lamb Lies Down" and "Trick of the Tail" albums. Rutherford was always much more than purely a bassist, but on this album he delivers several very interesting and effective guitar solos. On the other hand the hit "Turn It On Again" is overrated and pretty silly number along with a "lemonade" ballad "Alone Tonight" ("No one cares I am a lonely man...") - can I get a hanky please!

Still this album can be recommended as the last one (and probably the only one) that a GENESIS fan of pre-1977 period would want to include in her/his collection.

Seyo | 3/5 |


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