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EYE IN THE SKY

Alan Parsons Project

 

Crossover Prog

3.30 | 305 ratings

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The T
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3 stars "Eye in the Sky" is a very accessible, commercial soft-rock/art-rock album that is easy to enjoy, though at times also easy to forget.

The music contained in this album is, as said before, a combination of soft-rock with a very strong commercial flavor, with some art-rock elements, all given extra shine by the mighty engineering hand of Alan Parsons, who makes everything sound crystal clear and absolutely perfect. Every little detail, every little figure done by the guitars or the keys is totally distinguishable for the ear of the listener.

The music is never completely exciting, though. Most of the time, is played at a mid-tempo that tends to make the whole album listening experience a rather flat one. Most of the songs are typical radio-ready verse-chorus-verse tracks with little innovative elements or special musicianship, even though they're all nicely crafted and very polished. While one will never be dazzled by the musicians doing incredible things or the songs going into uncharted territories, one will never also feel unsafe or in discomfort with "Eye in the Sky": it's an experience built to work, to entertain without taking big compromises, and at that, it is remarkably efficient.

Many of the tracks are not that memorable, but a few manage to rise above the rest: "Silence and I", the longest one, with its very prog-related (if a little Hollywood-esque) middle-instrumental section; "Mammagamma", a spacey instrumental that, while repetitive, it's very entertaining while it lasts (even though we feel it could've been developed much further); "Sirius", the minute opener that has become a staple of many different events; and, of course, the magnificently-beautiful title-track, a testament and proof as to the real possibility of writing fantastic pop-rock songs, with a melody and mood that's certainly perfect.

All in all, "Eye in the Sky" is a decent album, nothing extraordinaire but in general very efficient. No track is really bad, and a couple are actual standouts (with the title-track towering over them all; yes, commercial songs can be great, too.) 3 stars seems like the right rating for me.

The T | 3/5 |

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