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Eric Woolfson


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4 stars Wow, what an incredible end of this great band's discography! "Freudiana" is Alan Parsons project's eleventh studio album and it was released 1990. I am convinced this is the band's second best album and I believe it is underrated. Why has so few rated and reviewed it here. Perhaps it's beacuse some don't consider it to be an APP' record. But even if the name isn't the is the line up and everything similar with the band and its characteristics. It has a fine cover and a line of of Eric Wooldson, Richard Cottle, Stuart Elliott, Ian Bairnson, Laurie Cottle, Alan Parsons, Leo Sayer, Graham Dye, The FLying Pickets, Kiki Dee, Eric Stewart, Frankie Howerd, Marti Webb, Gary Howard, Chris Rainbow, Andrew Powell and John Miles.

Long albums could be anoying, but not when they are as good as this one. You could perhaps call it more progressive than other releases of the band but what I feel most clearly here it that the album is simialr to musicals and rock operas. I compare it with Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Miserables and other fantastic musical and Woolfsosn here could have done a musical of this. I like everything on the album but it has its highlights. Three tracks are so wonderful that I give them the highest rating(10/10). "I am a mirror" with Leo Sayer on vocals is a wonderful rock sond with both great instrumantation and vocals. "Sects therapy" - sung by Frankie Howerd is so typical English and fits an old classical and noble world of dances and the lyrics are so funny. Funny is also "Funny you should say that" which seems to be inspired by Zappa but it's much better than him and it is a powerful and very funny piece of music. The lyrics are extraordinary and the players singing it do it great. Then we have the rock opera "No one can love you better than me" which is theatralic and very interesting(9/10) with vocals from Kiki Dee, Marti Webb, Gary Howerd and Eric Woolfson. I am also so glad to hear Eric Stewart which I like from 10cc, singing "The ring"(8/10) and "Upper me"(8/10). Eric Woolfson sings great in "Freudiana"(8/10) too! The little sixites pop song "Little Hans" sung by Grahan Dye (8/10) is as lovely as "Don't let the moment pass"(8/10) with vocals of Marti Webb. The album ends very well with "There but fot the grace of god" with vocals of John Miles which is a powerful song and concludes this perfectly.

All the other songs are good so the evenness of the album is evident! The least interesting song is "Dora" which I rate to (6/10). If we think about how even this record is and how many great and interesting songs, lyrics and craftsmanship it contains I would almost give it five stars. But that would be wrong so a smashing four have to be my answer. My journey through Alan Parsons Project's carreer has come to an end and I'd rank the album's is this way: 1. Tales of mystery and imagination - Edgar Allan Poe(76)- 5/5, 2. Freudiana(90)-4/5, 3. Eye in the sky(82)-4/5, 4. The turn of a friendly card(80)-4/5, 5. I robot(77)-3/5, 6. Ammonia avenue(84)-3/5, 7. Pyramid(78)-3/5, 8. Gaudi(87)-3/5, 9. Stereotomy(85)-3/5, 10. Eve(79)-3/5 and 11. Vulture Culture(84)-2/5. What do you think?

DrömmarenAdrian | 4/5 |


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