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The Alan Parsons Project


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4 stars 8/10

I really felt very tempted to praise this album with a rating of 5 stars, considering how good it has been to listen to him these days. But this time I will respect the ratings of PA and give it 4 stars, as I recognize that this album is not progressive in its whole. However, if he were in the category prog related, would not hesitate to give it a top rating.

The truth is that like so many others I knew the name of Alan Parsons for his involvement in Dark Side of the Moon, but had never heard of him until the day my father showed me a video of his concert in Madrid where they were executed Sirius and Eye in the Sky. They sounded familiar to me, though I can not say where heard before, but the fact is I became extremely addicted to these songs for the following days. So I went behind the whole album and well, here we are.

At this point , The Alan Parsons Project was already generating considerable recognition with its efficient blend of art rock , prog rock and pop . But it was in Eye in the Sky they met his greatest recognition , making this their most successful album. Again Alan Parsons and his partner in the project Eric Woolfson bring several musicians to participate in dsco , including an excellent range of vocalists ( including Woolfson himself) .

Knowing that Sirius has been played to exhaustion by the Chicago Bulls and many, many teams in various sports, as well as in various media, it is no surprise that it sounds so familiar . But you can not deny it's admirable how she grows from keyboards, a discreet orchestration and nice guitars to connect with the title track of the album, which is certainly the most famous song from the project. I have to point out that this song is so beautiful in its melody that is impossible to forget . And the vocals Woolfson, restrained and melodic, are an excellent addendum to the song as a whole (its participation in the project as a vocalist would only grow from here).

Children of the Moon, sung by David Paton, is one of my favorite songs here, and I can not describe why. Are the Paton's vocals? The addictive chorus? The guitar solo? Or orchestrations at the end, which ends with the ethereal vocals that connect to the short but beautiful, Gemini, which is sung by Chris Rainbow and has some distinctive and beautiful vocal harmonies in the background? I do not know. The two "doubles" that open this album are really awesome. The last song on side A, and the longest and progressive in the disc is Silence and I, again sung by Woolfson. This song is probably the magnum opus of Eye in the Sky, not only for being the longest and prog, but mainly for its instrumental section, with rich orchestrations, as some have pointed out, is strongly reminiscent of the orchestral works of the Renaissance.

Side B starts with the rocker 're Gonna Get Your Fingers Burned, one of the songs most 80 's here. She is very direct in its objective, with vocals by Lenny Zakatek efficient and striking guitar solo. Even though some around here have hated or despised, I really liked that song ( what can I do? I'm A Progger who also loves the "appalling" 80 ). Serve very well as a single. Psychobabble is, despite the ridiculous title, another nice track, strong vocals from Dave Terry being supported for excellent bass lines. The instrumental Mammagamma is the funkiest track here, too eighties in its essence. The highlight is the Woolfson's keyboards, which in general is an exquisite work with shades of organ, piano and synths throughout the album. Step by Step is possibly the weakest track on the album , but still a decent song, with more vocals Zakatek. And the closure Old and Wise is one of the most beautiful and progressive music here, the vocals somewhat hoarse whispering from Colin Blunstone favoring the dreamy atmosphere that song has. At the end we still had a great saxophone solo by Mel Collins , King Crimson , terminating this album with a great note.

By my standards, I would not hesitate to give this album 5 stars. I have absolutely no problem with this commercial approach, as I think sometimes fans of progressive rock tend to be very elitist and snobbish in their musical preferences, ignoring some real works of art just for being "mainstream." Do not consider myself open-minded in that sense, but I can not help but ignore music that pleases my ears, whether genuinely prog or not. Anyway, 4 stars with a certain resignation. I hope that more people can look beyond labels and appreciate this album as I enjoyed.

voliveira | 4/5 |


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