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  • Audio CD (17 Feb. 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B000024I4I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,455 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Product Description

1 x CD Album
UK 1997

1New Amusements6:51
2Fighting Fit3:55
3Where Are They Now?4:15
4Speak To Me Someone3:55
5We Would Be Kings5:15
6Why I Was Born6:00
7Long Sleeves For The Summer3:31
8Save Me, I'm Yours4:25
9Voice Of The Father3:21
10The Accidental3:02
11I Love You, What Are You?4:42
12Sub Rosa3:39

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Format: Audio CD
Gene have really done themselves proud with this fantastic record. More polished than 'Olympian' or 'To See The Lights', the album takes the listener on an exhausting and melancholy journey through all the dark edges of human life.
It begins with 'New Amusements', a rocky and sinister romp, almost jubilantly plaintive and demanding in both words and crunching chords.
'Fighting Fit' is for me one of the highlights of the album, a fantastically frisky innuendo laden rhapsody about sex, basically, it has a beautiful tune but a very tough heart.
'Where Are They Now' conjures images of autumn and is the first truly melancholy song on the record. I think this song is incredibly insightful, with great lyrics like: 'The sky seems a little lower, but for that a normal day'.
'Speak To Me Someone' takes the emotional appeal to the next level. The slightly REM-ish chord patterns may sound a bit unoriginal at first but once the song kicks in, the product is a stunning vocal performance from Martin Rossiter and a stirring, evocative interpretation of depression.
If all that wasn't enough to start with, 'We Could Be Kings' is my personal favourite. It is a magnificent, anthemic song, a kind of nod to the British stiff-upper-lip attitude: continuing through the hard times and imagining what could be. Each part of the song is brilliant and perfectly conjured, from the superb guitar and rhythm, vocals which speak what everyone is feeling and the haunting melody. With a semantic field of getting in a car and going away somewhere, this song is good driving music!
'Why I Was Born' is a beautiful mellow ballad, seamlessly led in by piano at the end of 'We Could Be Kings'. The emotion on this song is so raw and open, it is literally a song to fall in love to.
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Can it really be 20 years already? 20 years since Gene rose to promenence, with "For The Dead", and 10 since they quietly disappeared, mourned by a handful, and forgotten by many? At one point they could have been kings. Now, overlooked and ignored by Megador Records, the band have quietly faded from view to day jobs and memories. In time, the bands work - an elegant body that combined the majesty of The Smiths with the muscular strength of The Faces and 60's era Mod bands, has aged with dignity and power. Over four albums, and catch all b-sides compilation "To See The Lights", the band explored humanity with increasing effectiveness and skill. By the time they got to the final record, the barely noticed "Libertine" they had become brilliant but niche hasbeens. This reissue series finally gives the band the dignity they deserve, with expanded editions of each record, appended with every b-side, an enormity of radio sessions (almost every single one the band recorded for the BBC,), and several live shows from the period, showcasing embryonic and early versions of many songs from subsequent albums - are a fascinating insight. Each of the editions is packed in a double CD set, with the original album appended by b-sides and extra songs. Disc 2 of each package generally tends to be a live radio session recorded for the BBC and live material.

"Drawn To The Deep End", the bands second album 'proper', was the masterwork : at the time, despite costing £300,000 and selling half a million copies worldwide, the label saw it as a failure. (For heavens sake, those kind of sales were significant at the time, and few bands play the Albert Hall without some promise, or appeal).
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"Drawn to the Deep End" is an astonishingly accomplished album, once again demonstrating that Gene are one of Britain's finest indie bands. From the more experimental opening track to the hit singles "Fighting Fit" and "We Could be Kings"(the stand-out track in my view) this a record which moves, uplifts and expresses sadness. The opening 5 or 6 tracks are on a level with any other indie band in the country and demonstrates once agin that Gene deserve to be much much bigger. A beautiful and emotional record.
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Gene are one of the most underated bands ever. The excellent melodic tracks of speak to me someone and we should be kings are classics of their time. If you have never bought one of their albums before then there is no better starting point than here.
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This is an excellent album. Rossiter's vocals can be very powerful, but also very delicate and vulnerable, with witty and interesting lyrics that never quite get annoying as Morrissey's can. The rest of the band certainly have an ear for a good melody and Mason's guitar work is very good, but doesn't dominate the songs.
The album opens with the dark 'New Amusements', before going into Gene's particular brand of rock with 'Fighting Fit'. 'Where are they Now?', 'Speak to me Someone', and 'We Could be Kings' explore Rossiter's vulnerable side. 'We Could be Kings' is the epitome of a Gene song - a majestic pop song in several movements and a rollercoaster of emotion.
'Why I was Born' is a plain old fashioned love song - done very well mind you and 'Save me, I'm Yours' has a gorgeous guitar hook. In short, there is not a bad song on this album.
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