Gene get compared to The Smiths with some regularity - and this isn't entirely unfair: if you can't stand The Smiths, you probably won't think much of Gene either. On the other hand, if (like me) you can see the genius behind 'There is a light that never goes out' and all the other Smiths classics, you'll be smitten with Gene too.
'Olympian' is a glorious, honest, melancholy album; they haven't quite matched it since, though 'Drawn to the Deep End' is ace too. 'Olympian' (the song) is arguably the best on this CD, but 'Haunted by you', 'Sleep well tonight' and 'London, can you wait' all come darned close to it. 'We'll find our own way' closes the album on a gentle, cautiously optimistic note, with Martin Rossiter singing about a hopeful future - gorgeous.
Gene trivia: How many people noticed that there was an 'Olympian' poster on the wall in Ian's cafe, Albert Square, for about two years?