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The Alan Parsons Project


Crossover Prog

3.42 | 381 ratings

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2 stars In 1978, if you would have told me ''What Goes Up, Must Come Down'', I would have immediately answered: Chris Spedding & The Vibrators (''Pogo Dancing'' of course) rather than this mellowish synth ballad.

What I mean, is that I showed little interest for these type of recordings at the time of release and I discovered this one almost twenty-five years later. And I'm not very much impressed.

This album is full of ballads, pop oriented and mostly dull songs although there are as usual an impressive guest list (Colin Blunstone and John Miles being the best known). While changing directions; it is to display such a song as ''One More River''. Press next type of stuff: poor melody, string arrangements and so on. Great saxing though (for about forty seconds).

Most of the tracks aren't really memorable, and even if the listening is not a bad experience, it is not thrilling either. This is easy listening music that could be played on ''The Night Of The Proms'' easily (''In The Lap Of The Gods''). But not during the night of the prog if you see what I mean.

The ''Buggles'' plastic ''Pyromania'' sounds as ''réchauffé'' (rehashed). Way behind what had been achieved by the former. The best track (and also the best known) is by no doubt ''Hyper- Gamma Spaces''. As César mentioned, there is a strong ''Kraftwerk'' feel in here. A nice and jumpy electronic pop track. But it is not enough to make this album a good one. Just average as far as I am concerned.

Two stars (or five out of ten).

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


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