Alan Parsons Project - Tales of Mystery and Imagination - Edgar Allan Poe CD (album) cover


Alan Parsons Project


Crossover Prog

4.03 | 529 ratings

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3 stars I've never really considered myself an APP fan; this is the first of their albums my ears came across, and I consider this one to be the best.

I never familiarised myself too much with this group. I always found most of the music to be underwhelmingly unsatisfying in some way, shape or form. Here, they try to earn art kudos with the classical sounding epic of ''The Fall of the House of Usher''. In my mind, this doesn't work because the ''Prelude'' is waaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy too long for me, and it reminds me of the most boring of classical music. This is a shame since the ''Pavane'' and ''Arrival'' sections aren't too bad.

The poppier songs have some sophistication too them, but there really isn't a special song here. There are some interesting grooves underlying ''The Tell-Tale Heart'' and ''Dr. Tarr...'', and the former is bolstered by Arthur Brown's voice. Overall, the album fails to please me, but it gets three stars under the knowledge now that future APP poppy songs will be less sophisticated, more mainstream and more uninteresting.

Sinusoid | 3/5 |


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