TotW 03/04/2024 - 03/10/2024: STRICTLY INC. - An Island In The Darkness

  • Your rating for "An Island In The Darkness" by STRICTLY INC. 24

    1. 15 points - outstanding (3) 13%
    2. 14 points - very good (6) 25%
    3. 13 points - very good - (7) 29%
    4. 12 points - good + (3) 13%
    5. 11 points - good (2) 8%
    6. 10 points - good - (0) 0%
    7. 09 points - satisfactory + (1) 4%
    8. 08 points - satisfactory (0) 0%
    9. 07 points - satisfactory - (0) 0%
    10. 06 points - sufficient + (1) 4%
    11. 05 points - sufficient (0) 0%
    12. 04 points - sufficient - (0) 0%
    13. 03 points - poor + (1) 4%
    14. 02 points - poor (0) 0%
    15. 01 point - poor - (0) 0%
    16. 00 points - abysmal (0) 0%

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    STRICTLY INC - An Island In The Darkness

    Year: 1995
    Album: Strictly Inc
    Working title: unknown
    Credits: Banks, Kershaw
    Lyrics: Yes
    Length: 17:21
    Musicians: Tony Banks, Jack Hues, Nathan East, Daryl Stuermer
    Played Live: never
    Cover versions: unknown

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    Notes: An island for fans? Tony Banks' last rock solo album in 1995 was an interesting work, but its sound alone divided opinion. But An Island In The Darkness reconciled many - because Tony remembered his history and produced perhaps the best Genesis song that he wrote - but never released with Genesis...

    cheers

    Christian


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  • I haven't listened to this track in a while, but I have the ending part with the solo in my head now. It's quite a stately piece, with a nice lush atmosphere. By far the most ambitious thing he tried on a solo album I believe, and of course it was the last to date. I gave it 13, despite being ambitious, in some ways it plays it a bit safe with the sound and tempo.

  • I'm probably in the minority on this, but for me this is not a favorite from the STRICTLY INC. album or from Tony's solo career in general. It seems to be long just for the sake of being long, and may have worked better as a shorter (though still fairly long) piece.

    “When the waitress asked if I wanted my pizza cut into four or eight slices, I said, ‘Four. I don’t think I can eat eight.’” -- Yogi Berra

  • I'm with DecomposingMan on this one.


    I absolutely love Tony Banks. My favorite musician in my favorite band. 90% of the time, my favorite songs on any Genesis album are songs that Tony wrote. This song just doesn't do much for me. I think there are some real nice sections, but overall something is missing.


    FYI, I feel the same way about Fading Lights, another Tony-written piece that a lot of people love.

  • Same here. That piano sound makes you (me) think it could be something from ATTWT but longer and grander. It’s not though. It’s got different sections like classic Banks, but they don’t take you anywhere.

    I’m not a fan of the sound production either.

    It’s probably his most ambitious (non-classical) track outside Genesis but for me it feels like one that got away.

  • Christian: you are sure about the Banks, Kershaw credits?

    Good catch. The writing credit should just show Banks. The only Banks/Kershaw composition released by Strictly Inc. was the B-side "Back to You."

    Tony Banks at his very best. A masterpiece, clearly showing his real talent.

    I have to say that, while I don't agree with this sentiment myself, I can see why someone else would feel that way about the song.

    “When the waitress asked if I wanted my pizza cut into four or eight slices, I said, ‘Four. I don’t think I can eat eight.’” -- Yogi Berra

  • 14. Probably his best solo track ever. There's just something missing for 15 points - and I cannot even say what it is. Just a feeling ...

    I know what you mean, probably simply Mike and Phil are missing. That could have made the track a 15 points classic. As it is, I'd say 13. And yes, one of his finest solo tracks!

  • 14. Probably his best solo track ever. There's just something missing for 15 points - and I cannot even say what it is. Just a feeling ...

    It's a standout track. And of course it could have been a bit better with different people involved. The again, it would have been a Genesis track that would have to compete with Firth Of Fifth and others. As it stands now, it's "just" Tony's masterpiece on the last ever rock album he ever did. And that's not really common in rock music.

    cheers

    Christian


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  • I listened to the album for the first time last night. I gave this track a 12, I think it’s a solid track, but goes on awhile without a ton of variation. I really like the change in melody around 7 or 8 minutes in, but it feels like it could have used another section to give it some punch. It does feel atmospheric like the rest of the album. It’s funny i listened to two thirds of the album without knowing who the singer was and thought to myself, his voice sounds familiar. I thought it was Paul Carrack. After reading the wiki page I was like oh, the the Wang Chung guy! I knew he sounded familiar. My favorite track on this album is the opening track.