Release Date: 1979

Track Listing
1)  From the Undertow (Banks) - 2:46
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2)  Lucky Me (Banks) - 4:26
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3)  The Lie (Banks) - 4:58
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4)  After the Lie (Banks) - 4:49
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5)  A Curious Feeling (Banks) - 3:58
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6)  Forever Morning (Banks) - 6:02
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7)  You (Banks) - 6:28
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8)  Somebody Else's Dream (Banks) - 7:50
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9)  The Waters of Lethe (Banks) - 6:31
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10)  For a While (Banks) - 3:38
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11)  In the Dark (Banks) - 2:58
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Member: maribor
Date: 9/23/2003


This is supposed to be a concept album but the songs here can stand on their own. The music is strong, the lyrics are as well. There are a number of great keyboard sounds here, ranging from the classical organ sound to every synthesizer effect possible.

The lyrics, as I see it, are about a man who loses his memory and now the world seems completely different to him.

The album begins with the song "From The Undertow", a lovely instrumental piece. It continues with "Lucky Me", where we are faced with the character's problem. Some nice guitar work by Tony here.

Then we have the songs "The Lie" and "After The Lie". These two songs are very melodic and beautiful with great keyboard work. A nice solo as well, at the end of "After The Lie".

The title song has some interesting lyrics but musically it's my least favourite. I feel it lacks diversity. Following this song is another nice instrumental song "Forever Morning".

Next on the album are two of my favourite songs: "You" and "Somebody Else's Dream". "You" is essentially a love song with nice guitar work at the beginning of the song and a cracking keyboard solo at the end. "Somebody Else's Dream" is a more bluesy song with great lyrics and a great chorus melody.

At the end, the hero's journey is over. This is described in three songs: "The Waters Of Lethe", "For A While" and "In The Dark". The hero realises that his journey has only brought him grief and he is worse of than when he started.
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Member: Vinylroolz (Profile) (All Album Reviews by Vinylroolz)
Date: 6/9/2007
Format: CD (Album)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON JANUARY 25, 1980 IN THE "TGIF" SECTION OF THE COLORADO SPRINGS GAZETTE-TELEGRAPH NEWSPAPER.

Tony Banks is a founding and current member of the British progressive band Genesis and must be included among the best keyboardists in rock.

His keyboard work has always been one of the more incredible features of that band and, though overshadowed by the amazing Peter Gabriel in the band's earlier periods, Banks now clearly stands out on his own.

The last few years have seen Tony Banks become Genesis' principle songwriter, and a prolific one at that. But Banks has written material that just doesn't fit within the framework of Genesis, and with fellow Genesis member Phil Collins taking time off for family matters, A Curious Feeling affords Banks the opportunity to make these songs available.

It should be expected that a Tony Banks album should sound a bit like Genesis. Eleven albums in as many years is a lot of water under the bridge. And, yes, it does sound similar. The richly arranged textures of orchestrated sound emanates most Genesis-like from Banks' multiple keyboards.

But Banks has made a conscious effort to try to make it sound different from his past efforts. While his playing displays highly stylized trademarks, he is most successful in this regard in his choice of vocalist Kim Beacon and drummer Chester Thompson. As Banks also plays all the guitars and basses, these are the only two areas where he needs help.

Beacon's voice is clear and strong and displays strong R&B and rock roots. It does not have the personality of Peter Gabriel's voice nor the purity of Phil Collins', but Beacon interprets and delivers Banks' storylines sincerely and effectively. He can sing sweet and slow, as in "You", and can create a more desperate, driving scenario as in "Somebody Else's Dream".

Thompson, who is Genesis' touring drummer but who has never worked in the studio with them, also complements Banks well, providing a steady rhythmic background, though little else. The emphasis is on the music and the lyrics, and Thompson's drumming is more direct than Collins'.

Another marked difference to Genesis is the treatment and execution of the three instrumental tracks "From the Undertow", "Forever Morning" and "The Waters of Lethe". These employ no drums or basses and are a refreshing and worthwhile change offering the chance to hear Banks alone with no diversions. These selections are not overdone yet remain full and sustaining.

A Curious Feeling weaves a conceptual tale of a man who has lost his memory, is withdrawing from his life and the world, and is about to lose his mind. Snatches of memory, pieces of dreams, contemplations on what was, is and could have been and reflections on those little things he took for granted combine to tell a clear story that touches both the heart and mind.

Banks does not write empty material, and his skill at matching his uneven, non-rhyming verse with smooth, full instrumentation is well-honed.

Genesis fans will have no trouble accepting A Curious Feeling. There are enough similarities to almost make this a new Genesis album. But it should gain new listeners and give them some idea of the wonderfulness they've been missing.

Banks is a wonder, and if you enjoy well-crafted songs, beautiful melodies and state-of-the-art electronics and production, A Curious Feeling is guaranteed to please.

Dan Lawrie
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