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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 21 July 2000
Key Genesis member Tony Banks unlucky in not receiving more commercial success as a solo artist.This album proves that he has so much to offer. Richly laden keyboard and some fine vocal overlay from various guests. High note : Raincloud and Border
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 December 2006
Following Tony's first two solo albums and "Soundtracks" comes this, his first brave effort to become commercially accepted. Although his style of writing suits the Genesis sound best, this album is in no way an example of misplaced writing. Indeed, he tackles a variety of sounds and feelings within the album, this time using guest vocalists (except on "Big Man"). A good strong beat kicks off the album in the shape of "Throwback" then a diverse selection follows: "That night" makes a beautiful love song, and he cleverly reworks an old "Soundtracks" track to produce "Queen of Darkness" - another catchy tune. Through the tracks he explores different ideas while retaining his own inimitable writing style, finishing up with the instrumental "Thursday the twelfth" which is just pure Tony Banks. Definitely worth buying, in my opinion, but don't get it on cassette or you won't get "Diamonds aren't so hard" which is only on the CD version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 November 2011
I've just clapped eyes on the one-star review for this album and I just don't understand it, so I am writing this review to improve the album's average rating (I've just done the same with 'The Fugitive'!).

'The Fugitive' is my favourite Tony Banks album, but this one is not far behind. Tony has reverted to bringing singers in for this album and I think he has made some very good choices. Also interesting that he has chosen both male and female voices. I love the haunting 'That Night' which gives both vocalists an outing. 'I'll Be Waiting' is haunting in its own way too. I also love the humour in 'Big Man'. 'The More I Hide It' tears your heart out! And how can you not be uplifted by 'Diamonds Aren't So Hard'? The only two tracks that I can take or leave are 'Raincloud' and 'Thursday the Twelfth'. Still a great album though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 January 2013
This is a great album that can be played over and over. All the compositions are quality showing Tony's talent for great song writing. For me The Border and Throwback are outstanding. How anyone can give this album 1 star, as some have, is a travesty.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 9 April 2007
I have absolutely no doubt that Tony Banks is a musical genius. His work with Genesis alone demonstrates that fact.

But Bankstatement is largely drivel from a man clearly attempting to be something he is not - commercial. The lyrics are dreadful by any standards, let alone Banks's, full of cliches and cheesy rhymes: 'I'd give it up for you/What else can I do/I'm waiting just for you' (from I'll Be Waiting), 'Now it's all because of you/That I don't know what to do' (from That Night). These are cringemaking depths that even Phil Collins during his commercial peak in the mid-80s would not stoop to!

And musically it is uninspired, and could have been written by any average songwriting pretender. The opening track 'Throwback' is lyrically an exception, telling the tale of a man who feels he has been born into the wrong timezone and cannot fit in with modern times. Musically though it is just average AOR, possibly influenced by Michael Jackson's 'Billy Jean'.

If you want to hear this songwriter outside of Genesis at his most creative then check out 'A Curious Feeling', which although very bland in terms of production (no doubt due to a limited budget in the pre-Farm days) demonstrates some fine writing and playing in the style to which Genesis/Banks fans have become accustomed, ie. big orchestral, romantic chord movements with fine keyboard solos.

As for Bankstatement, I think a more apt title would be Bankrupt.
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