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STEREOTOMY

The Alan Parsons Project

 

Crossover Prog

2.75 | 214 ratings

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sgtpepper
2 stars Stereotomy is not more catchy and pop-oriented than "Vulture Culture"; it goes less into mainstream. However, songwriting crisis is inevitably to be heard here. The first long track looks promising with its 7:30 minutes, however there is not much beneath the surface apart from a good melody and a few instrumental ideas. "Urbania" is one of the best APP instrumental tracks with soaring guitar and keyboard "riffs", any progrock band would happily have such track in 1985. "Where is the walrus" stands by as another prime instrumental composition.

"Limelight" is a highlight sung by the great Procol Harum leader Gary Brooker. He gives another dimension to the decent melody and synth layers. "In the real world" is a non-distinguishable 80's throwaway track. Ballads are not particularly strong on this album "Limelight" and "Light of the world" are decent but not too memorable.

Despite more willingness to experiment, I can't give more than two stars to this record.

sgtpepper | 2/5 |

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