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But I digress. Regarding Bankstatement, the record company apparently was concerned about whether Banks' material was going to be commercial enough, so it asked TB to get a coproducer. From the list given him he chose Steve Hillage of the 70s' group "Gong", not exactly the most commercial of ventures either. Yet he and Tony seemed to work together well, and there is a certain "sheen" to the production. As in his last "formal" solo album 8 years earlier ("The Fugitive") Banks wrote mostly 4 minute pop songs, but as opposed to "The Fugitive", where he sang everything himself, he astutely decided to bring in a male and a female singer. I would characterize it as Tony's most "romantic" album, one with several love songs in lush settings ("I'll Be Waiting", "That Night") that you can listen to with a loved one without worrying about "The Return of the Giant Hogweed." Well, not so fast - two songs harken back to "old" Genesis. One is "Big Man", sung in an ominous tone by Banks, and the other is a fan favorite, the instrumental "Thursday the Twelfth." Here, Tony uses sampling techniques to craft a rather ghoulish soundscape. All in all, a solid effort, and a good place to start for those uninitiated with the work of this great, underappreciated pop/rock keyboardist.
after the second time I listened to it, I started to notice that I
was suddenly hearing the keyboard quality that I had so loved by
Tony when doing Genesis albums. Perhaps not for all Genesis fans,
but anyone who likes beautiful melodies and, on this album, sweet vocals(even though Tony only sings on one song...)
Of all of Tony Banks' solo works, I'd say this album is absolutely
his best (I know some of you will disagree and say 'A Curious Feeling'
is his best)... but I stand by this one.
But while this is a collection of 80's sytnh pop, the songwriting is very well thought out.
The first track starts, 'Throwback' and I almost laughed because of that brass arrangement which sounds just like something off a Phil Collins solo album, but at least the song is, well not quite deep, but very well written. 'I'll be waiting' is a very passionate song, probably sounds a bit like 'Lady in red' but Alistair Gordon's husky vocals give it an altogether different quality.
I could imagine that, circa 89-90 in a biker bar in America's southwest somewhere tough bikie women belting eachother over the head with fold-out chairs to the tune of 'Queen of darkness', and 'That night' is a middle-of-the-road adult love song with a much darker edge.
'Rainclouds' is a gorgeous sunny tropical song that is intended to lift your mood, while 'The border' tries to use some riffs from 'Carpet Crawlers' within an 80's prog-pop song context. Tony's vocals always carry a cynical mood that usually seems intended for his songs.
Not a huge fan of the instrumental 'Thursday the twelth' sounds as though Tony caught his finger (or perhaps another apendage) in the keyboard and was struggling for three to four minutes trying to free it, hitting the same couple of notes over and over again... 'A house needs a roof' and especially 'Diamonds aren't so hard' are actually great pop songs, but the real jewel in the crown of 'Bankstatement' is 'The More I hide it' a very passionate song about insecurity where Alistaire delivers roaring vocals.Read more ›
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Tony Banks finest solo work with excellent vocalists. Tony is being himself and not trying to be someone else. Hoping that this CD is remastered someday (and "The Fugitive"). Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by Kerry Gordon
My husband has always loved Tony Banks. I, honestly, had never heard him. One day my husband came in and gave me a song to play ("That Night"). Didn't say anything about it. Read morePublished on March 13, 2008 by Cindy Brock
"Bankstatement" is the 1989 solo project by Genesis keyboardist Tony Banks, featuring lead vocals by Alistair Gordon and former Other Ones singer Jayney Klimek (though Tony himself... Read morePublished on March 23, 2007 by Alan Caylow
The music on this album foreshadows Tony Banks' followup efforts Still and Strictly Inc., and while the instrumental work here doesn't stand out as much as compared to the... Read morePublished on April 11, 2005 by Texan
Bankstatement is just one of the more solid albums of Tony Banks. In fact it has a really good songs and someother not so good. Read morePublished on October 10, 2003 by Pablo Hillar
This was one more unsuccessful attempt by Tony Banks to match the solo success that Genesis bandmates Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford were achieving. Read morePublished on May 1, 2002 by woburnmusicfan