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Alan Parsons Band


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2.30 | 47 ratings

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1 stars Alan Parsons' third solo album was called The Time Machine. The first thoughts this title evoke in my mind are a concept album dealing with time travel and what better person to provide that spacey, sci-fi feel than Alan Parsons. Unfortunately for me and countless other listeners, we were delivered an album that was uninspired, filled with boring ballads, uneventful rock songs, and a dive into the techno arena. Parsons doing techno? Who would have imagined that?

The ever-present Parsons formula is still there: impeccable production, a strong concept, and countless guests. But this time, I think the formula had worn itself out. Guests include Máire Brennan (Clannad), Frank Close (professor from the University of Oxford who narrated Temporalia), Colin Blunstone (Zombies), Beverley Craven, Neil Lockwood (ELO Part 2), Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet), Graham Dye (Scarlet Party), and Chris Rainbow, among others. However, none of these guests were strong enough to lift this album into at least mediocrity. Parsons' experiments with techno would actually develop even stronger on his next album, A Valid Path.

Alan, where's the progressive rock? Heck, I'd even settle for something like Ammonia Avenue over this. A very poor and disappointing release. Only completionists will be interested in this.
progaardvark | 1/5 |


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