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STILL

Tony Banks

 

Crossover Prog

3.03 | 66 ratings

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FunkyM
2 stars I was curious about this album. I had heard the 9-minute prog "epic" from it ("Another Murder of the Day" with guest vocals by ex-Marillion singer Fish) prior to hearing the complete work. In very blunt terms, that song kicks butt!

However, I also read some of the reviews that said this album was pretty poppy. Well, yes, it is pretty poppy. Tony Banks made an album that could've been an 80's Genesis album, except with a bunch of different singers instead of Phil Collins.

Now I do like a lot of 80's Genesis, but even after multiple listens the majority of this album hasn't really grown on me.

The main problem is that a lot of the vocals don't feel like they fit the music. I kept expecting Phil to break in at any given moment to give these songs some punch.

The songs are sung by Fish, Andy Taylor (yeah, the one from Duran Duran & The Power Station apparently), Nik Kershaw, Jayney Klimek, and for one song, Tony Banks! Maybe because I know Fish from Marillion and his solo work, the songs he sings ("Angel Face" and the aforementioned "Another Murder of the Day") are pretty immediately likable. The other songs range from syrupy to tolerably bland. Maybe if Banks had one vocalist (like Fish) the album would have felt a little more cohesive.

Actually, the track Banks sings ("Hero For An Hour") is pretty decent. It sounds a little like something off Genesis' ill-fated (but underrated) Calling All Stations. Also, the tracks on which Klimek takes lead vocals are fun just for the fact that it gives a hint of what a female lead singer in Genesis might have sounded like.

In the end though, I'm "Still" not able to give this album a very strong recommendation - aside from the Fish tracks - or for curiosity's sake.

Highlights: "Another Murder of the Day"

FunkyM | 2/5 |

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