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BANKSTATEMENT

Tony Banks

 

Crossover Prog

2.77 | 82 ratings

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tdfloyd
4 stars Tony Banks has another crack at pop success and he doesn't succeed.

It must have been frustrating for the main writer in Genesis not to have the success the four other members from their artistic heyday. Released in the last year of the 1980's, Banks created an album that had more polish then either of his prior releases but had an album most devoid of any prog. That was the idea as he had multiple singers, a stripped down sound (for him) and a shiney vintage 1980's production. While not a great album by any stretch of the imagination, he does have at least 2 songs that should have hit the market he was aiming for. "I'll Be Waiting" and especially "That Night" are 2 relationship ballads that should have been all over the Top 40. "Throwback" has keyboard horns and a nice pace that should have hit the bottom end of the charts. There is one song that hints at his predigree and that is the closing instrumental "Thursday the Twelfth. Excellent!

I believe the reason Tony Banks did not reach his goal was that he doesn't have the personality to promote himself, and he did not follow the Mike and The Mechanics lead and make any great videos. MTV is king + Good pop / rock songs + no visiblility = albums and singles that do not chart.

I occasionally enjoy this release but there are some tracks that I wouldn't call fillers but they are not that strong either.

3 stars.

Its now ten years since I first reviewed this album and I have to admit I enjoy this album more now than I did before. My original beef was with Jayney Klimek's vocals but now I no longer have those reservations. I am a big fan of TB and I will push this album to a weak 4 stars.

tdfloyd | 4/5 |

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