Released: Mar 1980
Label: Rhino Atlantic
In the early '80s, Genesis would've been considered prog-rock sellouts had they lacked a knack for great pop. But hey, they didn't; the excellent Duke, released in 1980, proved this. Though the album contains complex time signatures and intricate arrangements, what stand out are its hooks. Obviously soaking up all the new wave then conquering the charts, Genesis streamlined their sound, adding heaping doses of synthesizers and punchy sonic tricks in the process. Duke's peak comes with "Misunderstanding," a slice of blue-eyed soul that features a great vocal performance from Phil Collins.