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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, lads. Carry on!,
This review is from: Libertine (Audio CD)I doubt that Gene will ever surpass the brilliance of their second album, "Drawn to the Deep End." But "Libertine" comes close.
I don't hear the Smiths influence so much anymore (which is good), but I do hear a more mature, polished sound, with string quartets embellishing the mood when need be. Similarly, Martin doesn't scream at the top of his lungs anymore (again, which is good), yet songs like "Walking in the Shallows" tell you that these guys can still rock out. And Martin's lyrics are brilliant in describing the agony of lost love.
I'm a rarity -- a Gene fan in America. Most people here have never heard of Gene. Same for Suede and Pulp, unfortunately. But I'll go to my death convinced that British rock beats American rock anyday, and Gene are still great purveyors of my favorite type of music. Let's hope they keep going for awhile.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite simply brilliant,
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This review is from: Libertine (Audio CD)Gene have come up with a more sophisticated sound without losing their unique identity. The switch in record labels seems to have paid off with a recording of excellent quality, which is why it's a pity that Libertine doesn't include the brilliant 'Rising for Sunset'. Nevertheless the boys go from strength to strength and without a weak track on it, Libertine may even be their best yet. Keep em coming lads!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gene continues to remind the world of their presence,
This review is from: Libertine (Audio CD)With this, Gene's fourth album, they provide those who still care about brit-pop a beautiful more mature sound than previously. The way they weave the polyphony of instruments is seamless, with the incredible voice of Martin. They seem to know how to create great coruses which hit home if you love beautiful meaningful music. Why can't more bands be like these guys. I am from the heartland of America, and see a need for Gene and other UK bands in the US. This band rocks when it's necessary and slows down when it's necessary..perfect.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleazy Libertine shows Gene still know how to cut it!,
This review is from: Libertine (Audio CD)Deemed by many to have 'gone away', Gene show that although the music press may go quiet on you for a while, it doesn't mean that you're not preparing a gem of a new album all along. And that 's exactly what 'Libertine' is - a darker, less guitar orientated collection of tunes than previous records that is driven primarily by the bass and drums and which, after several listens, infects the very brain of the listener. Top tracks - the seedy opener (and up coming single) 'Does He Have A Name?', and the brooding, explosive-chorused 'Spy In The Clubs'. If you've never bought any Gene records before, treat yourself today to Libertine. If you have bought Gene before, buy several copies of it.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Martin Rossiter and co debut a new, sexier, darker sound!,
This review is from: Libertine (Audio CD)Despite their penchant for classy, swaggering tunes and elegant, tear-stained ballads, Gene
have never risen above cult status.
Libertine is a 'make it or break it' album for Martin Rossiter and his cohorts.
It's their first studio outing since 1999's Revelations, a record which met with, undeservedly, lukewarm reviews.
So will this new album condemn the band to indie obscurity or lead them onwards and upwards?
Well, the good news is that Libertine is a fine record,which sees the band jettisoning the Smiths comparisons which have dogged their career from day one, and heading into brave, new territories.
At times, Libertine is brooding, sultry and saucy, with many of the tracks built around slinky bass grooves.These fey, white boys have decided to get sexy on us. . .
We'll Get What We Deserve is on a reggae tip (!), the gorgeous You is tinged with '60s soul, and Let Me Rest nods its head in the direction of disco, ending in a crazed Hammond and guitar freak-out!
Libertine is also much darker than its predecessor.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gene's greatest album to date,
This review is from: Libertine (Audio CD)From the heartbreaking "Is It Over?" to the ambiguous joy of "Walking in the Shallows", Libertine is an emotional journey through the contradictory feelings that arise from the breakup of a relationship. Musically, Gene move away from the guitar orientated sound of previous albums to a more flexible soulful sound. This is Gene's greatest album to date, and suggests that the success they rightly deserve may soon be theirs.
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