So, while when I first when I first found Genesis in 2013, just first exploring bands from a different era, I was really attached to the 1976-1981 albums, A Trick of the Tail and And Then There Were Three got played a whole lot. Duke did too, I really liked it. Time goes on and in my mind, after really assessing the whole discography (barring the last album anyway) I still really liked the first three Collins fronted records, but not Duke anymore. Today I gave it a spin, first whole listen on a different master I was recommended here (CBRCD) and it was great! This album often is said to be a transitional one, and I think that was my problem. There wasn't enough progressive rock in there to get behind that, and maybe that's why it was a letdown every time I played it all the way through. But just listening to it in terms of a pop record, it's damn good. It also happens to be the last Genesis record that really seems depressed, all three members writing songs about alienation, mourning over an ex, and being alone once again. That and the overarching Duke suite which in and of itself is pretty sad. Guide Vocal gets me everytime. This is an art pop record. Not a prog record. The last 10 minutes gives it that edge, but, it's not a prog album. And that's okay. Now, instead of cherrypicking tracks to listen to like Heathaze and Cul-de-sac, I can go and sing along to Misunderstanding without it feeling like it's on the wrong album or from the wrong band. It's right at home. Man of Our Times is still a little weird, though!