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PYRAMID

The Alan Parsons Project

 

Crossover Prog

3.41 | 380 ratings

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sgtpepper
3 stars Each APP album went gradually more pop-oriented but remained at least a conceptual topic to be linked to. Pyramid is a decent album with a few progressive moments but it is foremost a catchy and pop-oriented record. The ability to compose tracks highly exceed the ability to create complex instrumental parts.

The start is promising and the second Beatles-oriented track does not expectations things down. "The eagle will rise again" is a typical APP ballad, powerful and effective. "One more river" goes a step closer to the late 70's prog-rock - instrumental changes, the break-up atmosphere. "In the lap of the gods" is the most complex track in terms of arrangements as it mixes strings, chorals and rhythm changes. Going through the next throwaway poppy track we come to one of the most famous instrumental APP tracks - "Hyper- Gamma-Spaces" - this one is the only progressive electronic echo on this record. As it became a habit on some APP records, the last song is dedicated to a melancholic heartbreaking ballad, this one could be even better than the "The eagle will rise again". Close your eyes and think of all your previous losses ;)

sgtpepper | 3/5 |

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