What does it sound like?:
This CD/DVD reissue of what is Banks’ strongest solo release is basically the same as the 2009 reissue – a new stereo mix of the album on the CD, 5.1 surround mix on the DVD – with the addition of a 96/24 mix on the DVD. Two promo videos also appear on the DVD.
Based loosely on Daniel Keyes novel ‘Flowers For Algernon’, the album was first released back in 1979, Banks wisely let someone else (Kim Beacon in this case) handle the singing, while he concentrated on the keyboards – a good decision as this album showcases some of the finest examples of his technical playing abilities.
Nice booklet too, with some interesting observations by TB.
What does it all *mean*?
Powerful complex songs – check, top notch keyboard playing – check, abstract soundscapes – check, thematically linked lyrics – check. If you only buy one Banks solo album, this is the one to go for.
Goes well with…
Other Banks albums, Mike Rutherford’s ‘Smallcreep’s Day’, other prog-lite stuff.
Might suit people who like…
Fans of Genesis around the ‘Wind and Wuthering’ era.