Gene: Olympian

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TWENTY years since BritPop ruled the nation, Gene’s entire output has been given the deluxe treatment, complete with bonus tracks galore.
Olympian, odds-and- sods collection To See The Lights, Revelations, Drawn To The Deep End and Libertine all stand up fairly well years down the line, but if you’re going to get one then the debut is the one to go for.
With Martin Rossiter never knowingly underselling the wordy-but-up-for-a-scrap fop schtick and Steve Mason fitting perfectly into the Johnny Marr template, it’s easy to hear why they were labelled at the time as a poor relation to both The Smiths and Suede, but any long player containing such gems as Sleep Well Tonight and the title track deserves a reappraisal.

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