The Mind's Eye

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The one thing that saves Stiltskin's only release from total obscurity is a jeans commercial. The lead track, "Inside," was used in a very successful U.K. ad campaign for Levis. With the help of the ads, along with a strong guitar riff, the song was pushed up the charts in Britain for a brief stay. Unfortunately, there's nothing else on Mind's Eye to rival this one very good song. The tracks alternate between angst-ridden hard rock and acoustic numbers devoid of life. The best thing about this album is the voice of Ray Wilson, who would go on to replace Phil Collins as the lead singer of Genesis. Wilson has good range, but sings with a detachment that needs to be married to strong melodies to really work. Since such melodies are lacking here, the listener is left with one great song, and one bad song replayed ten different ways.

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