As Good as It Gets: The Best of Gene

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
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: 9/18/2001
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • UPC: 731454974127
  • Catalog Number: 5497412
  • Sales rank: 383,236

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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