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I ROBOT

The Alan Parsons Project

 

Crossover Prog

3.79 | 509 ratings

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Easy Livin
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3 stars Sentient?

It was always going to be hard for Alan Parsons to follow up such a definitive debut album as "Tales of Mystery and imagination..". Had he shown his hand too soon, and peaked with his debut album? In retrospect, the answer is probably yes, as that album tends to overshadow all that succeeded it. That is something of a pity, as the Project did go on to make many good albums, although arguably they never again reached the lofty heights of their debut.

With "I Robot", Parson deserves full marks for effort, the album being another well written and impeccably produced product. That said, the quality of some of the tracks is not up to the standard of said predecessor, and there is certainly no feature track to match "The fall of the house of Usher". "I robot" is far more representative of the many albums which were to follow, being art rock from the pop end of that spectrum.

The various guest vocalists do a good job with their allocated tracks, and the orchestration fills out the sound well. Slower tracks such as the ballads "Don't let it show", and "Day after day" are probably the most successful, although the instrumental opening (title) track is also worthy of note.

"I wouldn't want to be like you" and "Breakdown" appear to be geared more towards singles output, or at least radio play, and are little more than good quality pop.

In all, a pleasant, unchallenging album, with a few notable highlights.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |

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