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Banks, Tony - 1991 Still

ARTIST: Banks, Tony
ALBUM: Still
LABEL: Virgin
YEAR: 1991
CD REISSUE: 1992, Giant, 9 24441-2


LINEUP: Tony Banks - vocals, keyboards, bass synth, drum programming * Nik Kershaw, Fish, Andy Taylor, Jayney Taylor - vocals * Daryl Stuermer - guitars * Pino Palladino - bass * Vinnie Colaiuta, Graham Broad - drums * Luis Jardin - percussion * Martin Robertson - saxophone

TRACK LISTING: 01 Red Day On Blue Street * 02 Angel Face * 03 The Gift * 04 Still It Takes Me By Surprise * 05 Hero For An Hour * 06 I Wanna Change * 07 Water Out Of Wine * 08 Another Murder Of A Day * 09 Back To Back * 10 The Final Curtain


Ask any hardcore prog fan which Tony Banks album is worth picking up and you are likely to get admiration and a big thumbs up for 1979's 'A Curious Feeling' and comments of disgust and disdain for his remaining catalog which of course leans towards tuneful and sometimes excellent pop. You can't please everyone and Banks has a lot to live up to considering he is the keyboardist for Genesis, one of the most successful bands in the history of rock and it hasn't been easy for Tony. While band mates Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford have all had hugely solo successful careers outside of Genesis, Banks while releasing good albums, never quite found his niche in the pop world. Records such as 'The Fugitive' and his band's Bankstatement and Strictly Inc. did poorly on the charts as did 'Still' which I think is the best of his post 'A Curious Feeling' work.

The Songs
With Banks and four vocalists, including the booming and always larger than life Fish, Nik Kershaw, Jayney Klimek - a holdover from the Bankstatement days and Andy Taylor (No relation to the Duran Duran Taylor) its surprising how cohesive this album sounds despite not always living up to the promise of the talent involved. 'Angel Face' and the atmospheric 'Another Murder of the Day' with Fish on lead vocals are the best cuts here by far and naturally are the most Genesis sounding with the later clocking in at just over nine minutes. Daryl Stuermer's guitar work as usual is exemplary throughout and as good an example as to why he is one of finest session players money can buy. Nik Kershaw on the self penned opener 'Red Day on Blue Street' and the closing 'The Final Curtain' does a fine job as well. Why he never broke in a big way on this side of the ocean will forever remain a mystery. The breezy and upbeat 'Hero For An Hour' finds Banks taking on lead singer chores and although he is much weaker and thin vocally in comparison to the others involved, it is nicely done. The only tracks I feel fall short are those with Andy Taylor 'The Gift' and 'Still It Takes Me by Surprise' and Jayney Klimek's 'Water To Wine' and 'Back To Back'. Klimek's vocal abilities are average at best, or perhaps it's the songs themselves which just seem like so much bad 80's pop for my tastes.

In Summary
Despite the ups and downs on 'Still', it somehow works and as to why and how is something I can't quite put my finger on. A credit to Banks as an artist I suppose. Typically ignored at the time of its release, now would be a good time to pick 'Still' up cheap and give it a whirl.

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#1 | trillion1999 on October 22 2011 22:21:42
I did not remember a single note from this one so I got rid of it.I would love to hear everything else by those involved naturalment.
#2 | swazi on June 29 2012 23:56:36
This one has been spinning quite a few times in the last two days and I must confess that I really like it. Some of the songs remind me a lot of Genesis, i.e. "Another Murder of a Day", but that probably makes sense and is not a bad thing at all.
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