As Good as It Gets: The Best of Gene

As Good as It Gets: The Best of Gene

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As Good as It Gets: The Best of Gene compiles tracks off the three studio albums Brit-rock band Gene released starting with their stellar 1995 debut, Olympian, and ending with 1999's Revelations. As such, it works nicely as a roundup of the best of what they put out before 2002's Libertine -- largely considered a return toSee more details below

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As Good as It Gets: The Best of Gene compiles tracks off the three studio albums Brit-rock band Gene released starting with their stellar 1995 debut, Olympian, and ending with 1999's Revelations. As such, it works nicely as a roundup of the best of what they put out before 2002's Libertine -- largely considered a return to form after an extended commercial and creative slump. Suffering justified comparisons to the Smiths from their inception, Gene however always managed to rock with a bit more grandeur and classicism than the boys from Manchester. Despite lead singer Martin Rossiter's penchant for lovelorn warbling and Morrissey-like lyrics that often address loneliness and alienation, he is easily a more accomplished vocalist than his idol. Similarly, Steve Mason's slabs of arpeggiated guitar harmony call to mind Queen's Brian May as much as Johnny Marr. That said, Gene's albums can be spotty and the band never quite reached the same level of popularity or cultural importance enjoyed by the Smiths. All of which makes As Good as It Gets a great introduction to some of the most criminally overlooked pop to come out of England since the Action called it quits. Gene's strengths lie in devastatingly emotional lyrics paired with infectious singalong melodies and huge guitar hooks, all evident here on tracks including "Sleep Well Tonight," "We Could Be Kings," and "I Can't Help Myself." On the downside, longtime fans may be dissapointed at the omission of some other solid album tracks like "Save Me, I'm Yours" and the inclusion of a cover of the Jam's "Town Called Malice" which, while good, only serves to distract from what makes Gene great on its own. Ultimately, Olympian is the ideal place to experience the "best" of what Gene have to offer, but for curious listeners who don't want to wade through the albums, As Good as it Gets is just that.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2001
Label:
Universal I.S.
UPC:
0731454974127
catalogNumber:
5497412

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gene   Primary Artist
Sandy McLelland   Background Vocals
Steve Mason   Background Vocals
Caroline Dale   Cello
Jack Hues   Mellotron
Carol Kenyon   Background Vocals
Roddy Lorimer   Trumpet
Matt James   Background Vocals
Kevin Miles   Background Vocals
Julian Wilson   Keyboards,Hammond Organ

Technical Credits

Pete Hofmann   Engineer
Jack Hues   String Arrangements
Chris Hughes   Producer
Hugh Jones   Producer,Engineer
Lynton Naiff   String Arrangements
Paul Weller   Composer
Ian Cooper   Mastering
Nick Hunt   Engineer
Terry Staunton   Liner Notes
Phil Vinall   Producer
Tim Oliver   Engineer

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