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3 stars Alan Parsons & Eric Woolfson declare a peaceful truce! Read all about it!!

Alan Parsons never hid his tendecy for "mainstream" audiences since record one. What made these first APP's efforts (1,2 & 3) worthwhile was the balance towards less pop/rock "?" and more towards "prog/serious stuff" "?', which was brought upon by the Project's co-founder, collaborator and composer Eric Woolfson. In fact if not for him, I doubt "the project" will have been included in the PA pages of those days.

Anyway, this A.P.P. project lies mostly, as far as song writing goes, in the hands of Mr. Woolfson's composition skills. In fact, if not for the instrumental electronic songs, this effort resembles quiet far more Mr. Woolfson's "solo" albums than the "common" APP's albums. This of course, is neither good or bad, the Project itself has always been quiet mutable, depending who was the one who took charge of it at the time of recording.

So, as mentioned, Mr. Parsons has had this kind of "knack" for catchy songs and vocals since day one, this effort is completely INSTRUMENTAL and there are no "mainstream radio" focused songs, nor "hits"! Every song is free of this.

In fact, quiet the opposite from the Project's or Alan Parsons Band's usual intentions, in comparisson, this 2014 "The Sicilian Defence" album, could even be considered "experimental", which frankly is an uncommon relief, after all those years.

Like chess, they take turns between mostly acoustic piano based songs and Mr, Parsons' unmistakable "prog/electronic" instrumental work and in the meantime throw some "petite" flashbacks of the long gone past glory days, which of course is super nice, as they are diminutive.

The "match" is enjoyable, the song writing as a whole is well balanced between "each" world. And without doubt, it will all come up to, how well? or much?, you like Mr Woolfson's style and own musical language. (The usual APP's instrumental electronic songs are as almost always, from average to very good, there is one that even feels "Schulzesque",which is quiet fun!)

For APP's close followers it's worth the time and money!

For the "rest ", ***3 PA stars, and in their own discography an easy 4! Enjoy!

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Posted Friday, April 4, 2014 | Review Permalink
3 stars Released only as a bonus for fans who bought The 'Alan Parsons Project' box set which contained all of the official APP studio albums. 'The Sicilian Defence' is a classic chess opening and as such, it was a clever name for the album APP turned in after 'Eve'. They knew full well it would be rejected and they could now get down to serious negotiations for their next contract.

As an album, it is totally unlike the previous albums. There are no vocals, live drums, guitars, or orchestra. There are a few electronic workouts which are appealing, mixed between solo piano. Again, they are nice but none of this has much commercial appeal.

It must have worked as the Alan Parson Project went on to release six more studio albums and a bunch of compilations for Arista.

3 stars

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