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Tony Banks


Crossover Prog

3.42 | 216 ratings

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2 stars Someone else's dream

People on this site often blame Phil Collins for taking Genesis in a Pop direction after Steve Hackett left the band. I think it is completely wrong to blame Collins for this as all past members of Genesis did something commercial at some point along the line; Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel all had big radio hits and Anthony Phillips, Steve Hackett and Tony Banks tried the Pop formula at some point in their careers. I think that Rutherford and Banks were as much responsible for the direction of Genesis in the 80's as Collins was. Indeed, I think that Banks was most responsible. This solo Banks album is not exactly commercial, but it is surely far away from what we could expect from the keyboard player in one of the major progressive rock bands of the 70's.

This music is diluted Genesis, very soft Rock with little or no progressive features at all. The sound is heavily based on symphonic keyboards and soft, soothing vocals. The songs are all towards the ballady side of things and there is a serious lack of an edge. I'm not saying that this is a poor product, but it is not my cup of tea. One major problem I have with this music is how anonymous it sounds. This does not sound like the Tony Banks we know, this could have been made by almost anyone. Despite a few engaging moments, I find this album rather dull and unmemorable.

Mike Rutherford's first solo album, Smallcreep's Day, that was recorded around the same time, is in my opinion a better album. But none of them are remarkable in any way. I recommend A Curious Feeling only to serious Genesis fans and collectors. It can be an enjoyable listen in parts, just don't expect a lost Genesis album of anything along those lines.

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |


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