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Drawn to the Deep End Import

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Now stocking their '97 released record. Featuring the singles for 'Fighting Fit', 'Where Are They Now?', 'Speak To Me Someone' & 'We Could Be Kings'. Standard jewelcase.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 2, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal/Polygram
  • ASIN: B000024I4I
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,378,169 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Vinyl
Released 17 years ago now then 'Drawn To The Deep End' was Gene's 3rd LP (2nd proper) and their first for new label Polydor (i.e. no longer an Indie) and so here goes a track by track retrospective (both 2LP & CD reviewed).

'New Amusements' from a gentle guitar belching start we are suddenly thrust into an adrenaline driven power piece with Martin Rossiter pleading "I can bring you solace...on the bureau in my office I dream of you". (9)

'Fighting Fit' a blaze of illustrious guitars by Steve Mason. (9)

'Where Are They Now?' again great intelligent guitar work plus Martin's distinctive voice "You see I cannot stand alone I'm incapable of breathing incapable of love" workmanlike bass from Miles and drums from James! A truly marvellous melodic thrash! (9)

'Speak To Me Someone' pop art drama - strings & mellotron "Now you can tell me will I ever dream again". (9)

'We Could Be Kings' more drama via a slightly more gentle ballad - stirring lyrics "When I'm hungry and I'm cold will you feed me from your palm and shelter me from harm...can you love me?" A beautiful piece of mandolin doodling is inserted. (9½)

'Why I Was Born' could have been another single - a very pretty emotive ballad - more stirring lyrics "I really do want to show you I now know why I was born....My vision is clear but there's something in here screaming don't let me go!" A fine hammond organ sound with guitar crying out in apparent sympathy with the bittersweet lyrics. (10)

'Long Sleeves For Summer' opens side C of the 2LP - an acoustic guitar strum sheen. (8)

'Save Me, I'm Yours' the finery keeps blazing "Don't turn the light off and leave me...this bed feels cold and empty"!
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CD is awesome. One reviewer said it's their Disintigration and I agree 100%.

It's a somewhat depressing CD, but an absolute masterpiece (as are all of their releases except Libertine).

I never understood why GENE never caught on. This was a phenomenal 90's Brit band and thier songs still hold up and do not sound dated.

Stand Out tracks: Fighting Fit, Where Are They Now, Speak to me Someone, We Could Be Kings, Long Sleeves for the Summer, Voice of the Father. Actually, they are all great.

It's their 2nd best CD behind Revelations.
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With the crushed romanticism and emotional bleakness Drawn to the deep end recalls The Cure's Disintegration (*****) and with its strings and inevitable melodrama Suede's Dog Man Star (*****) will also come to mind. The fact that it bears close comparison to these albums is an indicator of the masterpiece that Gene have produced. A quite beautiful record.
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Format: Vinyl
for this Gene gem. 'Why I was born' is so sublime as is the romantic classic 'Save Me, I'm Yours', but Gene also hit their weapons hard on songs like 'New Amusements'. Although an avid Britpop follower in it's height, never got into these fellers during the time of their releases. Only now and only grateful.
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This album really introduces Gene to the world.
It contains classics such as We could be kings, and Speak to me Someone. This album deserves to be part of your collection. It is full of the kind of rocky songs that stick in your mind, and really make you wake up and relise the potential of this band.
Martin Rositer on Lead vocals puts so much Welsh passion into his performance it makes each track stand out on its own merits.
What can I say? If you like rock/indie buy this album now!!!
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in classic britpop mode, gene released a pretty decent debut album in 'olympian' then absolutely smashed it with their second release, 'drawn to the deep end.' martin morrissey, er, rossiter finally stopped invoking the mozzer mystique in favor of his own vocal styling. the results are more than satisfying. rozzer has a very nice voice. steve mason, for his part, was always an underrated guitarist. it's too bad because he lays down some serious riffage on 'drawn to the deep end.'

the first half of the album is hit after hit after hit. 'drawn...' is a much more complex album than it's predecessor, relying more on tempo shifts, trickier arrangements, and a bit more rawkish sound. the albums to stand out tracks, 'where are they now?' and the outstanding 'we could be kings' show just how much the lads had learned and grown while writing and recording their second album. the second half of the album isn't nearly as interesting as the first (except for 'the accidental'), but the first half of the album provides the listener with more than enough sophisticated ear candy to warrant the purchase.

sadly gene never reached the fame reached by oasis, blur, the verve and others. and sadly they disappeared without so much as a blip on the radar. for those of you who missed gene the first time around, their first two albums are worthy additions to the britpop canon.
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...was Gene's "Where Are They Now?"

Of course, Morrisey and Co. started it all. I also generally prefer Marr's jangly 60's guitar over the more bluesy, so-called "pub" sound of Gene. But while the Smith's up-tempo, early numbers were unmatched, Morriseys penchant for draggy, pointless, dirge-like numbers always brought their albums down a few notches.

Not so with Gene. Gene's moodier pieces typically had better direction and melody. Rossiter's writing and delivery managed to be more poetic and heart-felt than Morriseys.

"Where Are They Now" is the whole reason I looked into this band. It is almost a Britpop answer to "Stairway to Heaven." Lovely and tender at first, changing gears midway to a stirring and gripping mid-tempo climax (without the shrillness Morrisey would resort to).

Perfection is a series of refinements, and sometimes the followers are part of part of the process.
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