Josh Banks

Helpful votes received on reviews: 91% (20 of 22)
Location: Scotland
In My Own Words:
Folk and rock enthusiast


Top Reviewer Ranking: 369,918 - Total Helpful Votes: 20 of 22
Where You Stand ~ Travis
Where You Stand ~ Travis
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where You Stand, 22 Aug 2013
It's good to have Travis back. Where You Stand is a fairly softly-spoken album, but powerful still, comprising some great melodies, solid performances and a welcome degree of Travis-centric experimentation. There are some questionable falsetto passages. Expect a dodgy lyric here or there, and grating childlike simplicity *cough Reminder*, but I think that's about every Travis album out there. All that I hold dear in Travis - singalongs, ponderous wee songs, satisfying instrumental breaks (not talking about solos) - is here. There are also several precious moments of stark beauty where all I can picture is a vast blanket of stars in an inky sky. Not kidding. It's wonderful. Fran sounds… Read more
Dust ~ Peatbog Faeries
Dust ~ Peatbog Faeries
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
At first, and for a while after that too, "Dust" wasn't grabbing my attention very strongly. I thought it was a pretty spare offering. The album has grown on me, and it's definitely up to high standards, though not a work of sheer, unique brilliance like "Faerie Stories".
What doesn't work so well on "Dust" is the repetition of quite sparse, heavy-going tunes like "Passport Panic", "Spigel and Nongo" and "Bunny for Breakfast" (weird name anyhow!) to make up just one track each. These would have been better featured briefly, as part of a set maybe, or perhaps not at all. The one-tune tracks (all the tracks!) are usually fine if the arrangements are up to scratch as most of the rest are… Read more
Unleashed ~ Wolfstone
Unleashed ~ Wolfstone
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 'debut', 7 Aug 2011
This was something fresh and exciting back in '91, and it still feels that way today. "Unleashed" will have you up on your feet to the frenzy of "The Howl" and "Erin" or sobbing into your pillow to one of several ballads sung very tenderly by the wonderful Ivan Drever. It's sparkling, joyful and plaintive in equal measure. This is probably Wolfstone's finest album.