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PYRAMID

The Alan Parsons Project

 

Crossover Prog

3.41 | 380 ratings

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Easy Livin
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3 stars "Music of the future, and music of the past"

On each album, the Alan Parsons Project tend to leave their best for last, usually in the form of a passionately sung ballad. On "Pyramid", "Shadow of a lonely man" is no exception. With John Miles (remember his excellent "Music" album, lyrics - "Music was my first love, and it will be my last"?) taking lead vocals, the track builds during the choruses allowing him to flex his vocal prowess in a powerful crescendo.

I know an APP "Ballads" compilation has been released, and while putting them all together may not be the good idea it first sounds (variety being the spice of life), they really are what APP are best at.

The music of "Pyramid" is lightweight Art rock verging frequently on the melodic rock and pop rock. There's little which might be described as truly prog here. Bands such as The MOODY BLUES and BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST are probably the best reference points, but even here, think more of their lighter songs.

Of the other tracks, "The eagle will rise again" offers a credible pop ballad orientated number, while "Hyper-gamma-spaces" is one of Parson's ubiquitous almost trance like instrumentals.

The remaining of the tracks are pleasant easy listening, If you enjoy the music of the Alan Parsons Project, you'll enjoy "Pyramid", just don't expect any surprises.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |

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