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The Alan Parsons Project - Ammonia Avenue CD (album) cover


The Alan Parsons Project


Crossover Prog

2.97 | 263 ratings

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2 stars Ammonia Avenue was the Alan Parsons Project's follow-up to their highly successful Eye in the Sky album. This time APP leaned even more towards the more commercial side of their music. Again, like with every APP album, a concept or theme was present. This time the concept seemed to deal with the misunderstandings between the science/industrial world and the general public. At least that's what I think is going on here. The songs themselves are based loosely around this theme, but the entire album is much less cohesive than prior APP albums. The album has a fascinating cover of numerous pipes at a chemical plant. The back side featured scientists wearing white lab coats with their heads buried in boxes of soil in a laboratory classroom layout. Kind of similar to some of Pink Floyd's interesting cover art.

The usual host of regular vocal contributors appears on this album, with Woolfson playing a more primary role. However, musically this album is almost entirely a pop rock affair, showing very little in the progressive tendencies that earlier APP albums featured. Ammonia Avenue continues is, again, another finely produced and engineered album by the masterful Alan Parsons, but the music and lyrics seem less inspired this time.

Overall, an interesting and somewhat enjoyable listen, but its lack of anything close to progressive rock (even pop prog), can only deserve a two star rating from me. Definitely recommended for APP fans. All others should avoid. Two stars.

progaardvark | 2/5 |


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