|A Curious Feeling|
|Produced by David Hentschel & Tony Banks|
|Released on October 1979|
|UK CHART POSITION #21 . . . US CHART POSITION #171|
|Find it at GEMM|
|9124 048 cover
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A nd then there was A Curious Feeling, released under the Tarot Moon, a watery work unclear in vision. Banks had earlier proven himself to be a complete songwriter (“Burning Rope,” “One for the Vine”), which makes this lackluster concept album a disappointment. The story centers on a young boy who makes an unwitting pact with a dark spirit (presumably) to lose his memory should he ever fall in love. Perhaps taking its cue from Three’s “Undertow,” the album begins with the instrumental “From the Undertow,” in which our strange hero supposedly washes up onshore with no memory of his past. Seven years later, he’s made a decent life for himself, put his forgotten past behind him and, by “A Curious Feeling,” returned to a state of lost innocence. When a new love catches his eye (“You”), the forgetting begins afresh. It’s not a bad concept, but was never fully stitched together. Vocalist Kim Beacon has an unremarkable voice, like Noel McCalla or Pete Hicks, and the arrangements lack the dynamic tension of an “Undertow,” instead sounding like endless variations on “Please Don’t Ask” from Duke. The intricate piano passages, symphonic synthesizers and guitars are partly in line with expectations, yet Banks’ own songs with Genesis were never this prolix and prone to meander. As with Rutherford, Banks arrived a few years late to the prog party with this one, when slow-moving concept albums were long out of fashion. A few tracks (“Lucky Me,” “For A While,” “You”) could work as standalone songs, but the instrumental sections are awfully dry (“The Waters of Lethe” notwithstanding). Smallcreep’s Day wasn’t a great work either, suggesting that both musicians would be better served in Genesis, a point the noble Duke confirmed.
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TONY BANKS -- keyboards, guitars, basses & percussion
KIM BEACON -- vocals
CHESTER THOMPSON -- drums & percussion
David Hentschel -- engineer
Ainslie Roberts -- cover painting
Hothouse -- design
|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|UK||October 1979||Charisma||LP||CAS 1148||lyric sleeve|
|US/CAN||October 1979||Charisma||LP||CA-1-2207||lyric sleeve|
|GER/NET||1979||Charisma||LP||9124 048||lyric sleeve|
|US||March 13, 1992||Caroline||CD||CAROL-1823|
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