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Tony Banks


Crossover Prog

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4 stars #23 Review

I might listen to an album many times and there are songs that i always skip from time to time you can realize what songs i do like a lot and i listen a lot when reading my reviews, the songs that i skip a lot its because they are repetitive (most of the time thats my problem with the songs) and there are different ways a song feels repetitive, one is when the structure never goes anywhere else than what they do all the time, and the other way is when the rythm or the chords are repeated too much in some interval, like it happened to me with "Watcher of the Skies" (i know that it sounds controversial, even then i still like that song a lot).

1.- From the Undertow 10/10 The introduction that Tony prepared for the song "Undertow" from "... And then there where three..." after the song was already made... this inctroduction serves as the introduction to Tony's solo career, and with this one i would've expected an incredibly long crafted concept 2LP album with lots of feelings and textures... well, his solo albums are mostly not that, but we still get a glimpse of that, i would say like 40%, while the rest are pop/love songs, 50% of those are good, that leave us with 70% of good solo material. I don't think that this song should've been an intro to Undertow, instead it could've been worked on and made a complete instrumental with it.

2.- Lucky Me 5/10 Really simple pop song that makes me go into the 70s really easily, even tho i was never there. A love ballad, another one (even tho it should've been the first i would hear when making reviews for this artist) thats too repetitive, i have already stablished that i'm not a fan of something like this.

3.- The Lie 7/10 Going into more Tony Banks territory here, with more changes and insteresting chord progression, as well as having a good feel to it and it doesn't get boring. This song could very well be a B-Side to a Genesis album from that time.

4.- After the Lie 8/10 It continues from the previous song, i don't get why it was separated from the previous song, it continues with all the goodness, but it takes the Banks factor over by a little with a really nice solo at the end and more details in between the song.

5.- A Curious Feeling 4/10 What an obnoxious start, i already dislike it and its the title track, even tho Tony said that he was going to name the album "The Waters of Lethe", that might have driven more sales but worse reviews, since people would've expected something different from this album. Well, this is another love pop song, while i can hear the "more meat" that Tony says pop songs need, i still find it too repetitive tho (imagine how horrible are todays pop songs for me if i'm disliking this song, and you can imagine, i suffer an incredibly amount of pain when the local radio is on).

6.- Forever Morning 10/10 The second instrumental on this album, this time more worked up than the first. While it starts a little unimpressive, it gets progressively better and more classic. The morning is characterized by a really nice myst and little rays of light, this song somehow manages to show me exactly that, is really magical and well done.

7.- You 10/10 It starts as your typical good love song and then it becomes one of the best instrumentals in this album, i really love its, i get transported to a river, a night sky and everything moves at the speed of the song.

8.- Somebody Else's Dream 5/10 How would be to live the lives of other people? Not as boring as this song i would say, again, i find it repetitive and it hardly moves me because of how monotonous everything feels placed, as if a machine made this song, with some times Tony doing an intervention.

9.- The Waters of Lethe 8/10 The third and last only instrumental in this album. I really love the start to this song, its incredibly sad, then it becomes somewhat of innocent and then it goes incredibly loud for the rest of the music piece, i would rather keep the sadness, and thats what i am doing, i'm learning the first part on piano and i'll take inspiration from that to make a piece. I like this instrumental but i'd rather those loud parts to be out of it.

10.- For a While 6/10 I finally found a song from an artist that i like that my grandparents could listen to. While in simple nature and repetitive as well, at least this song is much more pretty than the last one and the Tony Banks factor is present, this could've been another "Follow You Follow Me". Nice getaway to 70s love.

11.- In the Dark 10/10 I don't know what Tony Banks has with darkness, but i also feel something about it, and this song makes me go to a snowy place in the dark morning, near there i see a dog in my final hours and i try to do my latest good deed by giving him a place to rest with my coat. Such a beautyful and sad piece to end this album.

This album gets an 80/100, wich is exactly 4 stars.

I never expected to do a double upload, but i finished The Fugitive review last week, and this one was finished just recently, i expect to do soon my next Tony Banks review as well.

FalconBleck | 4/5 |


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