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2.76 | 351 ratings | 31 reviews | 9% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1979

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Lucifer (5:09)
2. You Lie Down with Dogs (3:42)
3. I'd Rather Be a Man (3:52)
4. You Won't Be There (3:37)
5. Winding Me Up (4:00)
6. Damned If I Do (4:50)
7. Don't Hold Back (3:36)
8. Secret Garden (4:40)
9. If I Could Change Your Mind (5:49)

Total Time 39:15

Bonus tracks on 2008 remaster:
10. Elsie's Theme from The Sicilian Defence (The Project That Never Was) (3:00)
11. Lucifer (demo) (2:48)
12. Secret Garden (rough mix) (4:41)
13. Damned If I Do (rough mix) (4:46)
14. Don't Hold Back (vocal rehearsal rough mix) (3:43)
15. Lucifer (early rough mix) (4:17)
16. If I Could Change Your Mind (rough mix) (5:46)

Line-up / Musicians

- Alan Parsons / guitar & autoharp & drum machine (1), keyboards (8), producer
- Eric Woolfson / clavinet (2), piano (2,4,5,9), "music box" (5), Wurlitzer (6), keyboards (8), organ (9)

- Ian Bairnson / guitars & Fx
- Duncan Mackay / synth (1-3,6), piano (3,5), "music box" (5), keyboards (8)
- David Paton / bass, lead (3) & backing vocals
- Stuart Elliott / drums & percussion
- Lenny Zakatek / lead vocals (2,6)
- Dave Townsend / lead vocals (4)
- Chris Rainbow / lead (5) & backing (7) vocals
- Clare Torry / lead vocals (7)
- Lesley Duncan / lead vocals (9)
- Andrew Powell / choral & orchestral arranger & conductor (1,5,6,8,9)
- The Orchestra Of The Munich Chamber Opera
- Sandor Farcas / orchestra leader

Releases information

Artwork: Hipgnosis

LP Arista ‎- AL 9504 (1978, US)

CD Arista ‎- 610 143-222 (1984, Germany)
CD Arista ‎- 82876838612 (2008, Europe) Remastered with 7 bonus tracks

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THE ALAN PARSONS PROJECT Eve ratings distribution

(351 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(9%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(22%)
Good, but non-essential (42%)
Collectors/fans only (19%)
Poor. Only for completionists (7%)


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Review by Sean Trane
1 stars Although this has moments , stick with the first three( or start with them and see for yourself), but one has the feeling that with each new album the APP made , the less inspiration was present and the more the general public started liking this and somehow ...... doesn't that reflect the 80's so well?
Review by greenback
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Like on "Turn of A Friendly Card", there are orchestral arrangements here. I'd rather be a man is excellent, with this usual discrete fast keyboards notes like on "Pyramid"'s HYPER-GAMMA-SPEEDS. You have the chance to hear the wonderful voice of Clare Torry (PINK FLOYD's Great gig in the sky) on don't hold back. My favorite one is probably "Secret Garden", where amazing loud bass, orchestral and vocal arrangements are played through fast and discrete keyboards. "If I Could Change The World" is a James Bond-esque main song, with beautiful female lead vocals. Most of the rest is very pop, accessible, rather addictive and well made: when ALAN PARSONS makes a pop song, he rarely misses his shot.
Review by Easy Livin
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
3 stars Not a fig leaf in sight

"Eve " is a pretty good outing for the prolific Alan Parsons Project, with one notably strong track, a good selection of guests, and some nice instrumental work.

The usual melodic pop prog Is here, with strong melodies and fine performances. The Moody Blues, Barclay James Harvest, and later Renaissance all offer indications of the type of music to expect. The prog influences, which were at their strongest on the first album ("Tales of Mystery and Imagination") have all but dried up with the tracks all being shorter, individual pieces.

It tends to be when they do ballads that APP really shine, and in this case, "If I could change your mind" is the standout track. Vastly underrated singer Lesley Duncan (try to hear her lovely version of Elton John's "Love song" sometime) takes the lead vocals on this track. This makes for a beautiful contrast with the normally male dominated vocals.

The other tracks are pretty standard APP tracks, pleasant enough, but not particularly memorable. "Damned if I do" for example is one of Parson's ubiquitous mid-paced, easy listening numbers, interchangeable with any one of the similar tracks on many of their other albums. It's not quite strong enough to make a single, and not quite interesting enough for a decent album track. "You won't be there" is a rare example of a Parsons ballad which fails to hit the mark. It is just a bit too wet and self pitying to warrant repeated listening. All the tracks are of course performed impeccably.

Looking for prog here would be a pretty fruitless exercise, but as a relaxing alternative, the album would make for an acceptable choice.

One of the better APP offerings.

Review by Chris S
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Eve was not all bad and has some good moments about it like the instrumentals ' Lucifer' and ' Secret garden'. Other interesting songs were ' Damned if I do' and ' You lie down with dogs'. At a time when prog was definitely on the way out Eve was still a welcome relief from some of the other junk out at the time. Conceptually a good theme too and the first album by APP to introduce female vocals ( well it sounds like it ) on ' If I could change your mind'
Review by Proghead
3 stars Often referred to as the ALAN PARSONS PROJECT's worst album of the 1970s. To me, I think the album is a mixed bag, and doesn't quite live up to the greatness of their previous three albums. Certainly there's songs on here every bit as good as those on "I Robot", but there are some ballads that don't quite work. "Lucifer" is a truly wonderful instrumental, dominated by orchestrations and John Leach's dulcimer and zither (they are actually a cimbalom and kantele, respectively). "Damned if I Do" was the minor hit on the album, a rocking number with orchestration with vocals from Lenny Zakatek. "I'd Rather Be a Man" and "You Lie Down with Dogs" are more rocking numbers, but there are some ballads too, like "You Won't Be There", and "If I Could Change Your Mind". The biggest criticisms of this album, aside from the lyrics, was the presence of female vocals on two cuts (Claire Torrey and Leslie Duncan). I guess I have less a problem with the vocals, and more a problem with the quality of material they were singing on ("Don't Hold Back" and "If I Could Change Your Mind"). The ballads on "Pyramid", "I Robot", and "Tales..." (like "The Eagle Will Rise Again", "Day After Day (The Show Must Go On)", and "To One in Paradise", for example) were well done without being overly mushy or shlocky, but the ones on "Eve" often get a little to close to Muzak. And then the other instrumental, "Secret Garden", dominated by piano, is rather unremarkable in light of "Lucifer". The album has its good material, but has some rather obvious low points too.

My rating: 3 1/2 stars

Review by Guillermo
3 stars This album is a combination of Pop Rock songs with orchestral arrangements and some Prog Rock arrangements. It is enjoyable and "light". As always, Parsons and Woolfson have very good musicians and singers to record their songs, and Parsons produced an album with songs "very clearly" recorded and mixed. "Lucifer" is a very good instrumental song. The other instrumental song, "Secret Garden", is one of my favourites, with good orchestral arrangements, and some very good vocals sung without lyrics. From the rest of the songs, my favourites are: "Don`t Hold Back" (sung by Clare Torry), "Damned if I Do" (sung by Lenny Zakatek), "Winding Me Up" (sung by Chris Rainbow, it also has a very good orchestral arrangement with "classical music influences"), and the best song of this album IMO, a Pop Rock ballad called "If I Could Change Your Mind" (sung by Lesley Duncan). This last song has very good orchestral arrangements and very good lead vocals. It could have been a hit single, but I don`t know if this song was released as a single. In general, this is a good album, but more oriented to Pop Rock than Prog Rock.
Review by Gatot
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Typical with previous albums, this one starts off with an atmospheric and ambient music in the form of instrumental exploring keyboard sounds combined with choirs and orchestration by Andrew Powell through "Lucifer". This track was once very popular as the band's track in the seventies. The next tracks "You Lie Down With Dogs" and "I'd Rather Be A Man" are pop outfit with good vocals. "You Won't Be There" slows down the music into a mellow style with a bit boring vocal line - it's probably the composition is not that tight. "Winding Me Up" closes Side 1 of the LP with another pop song with easy to predict beats. Until this point I get bored with the music.

"Damned If I Do", "Don't Hold Back", and "Secret Garden" share the same style in pop and it's enough to make me getting "bored" with the album. Fortunately the concluding track "If I Could Change Your Mind" has different style with previous tracks and it's mellower with better melody and good orchestration.

"Eve" is not as strong as "Pyramid" but it's still a good album. If you have limited budget to spend for CD, do not invest with this one, get other stuffs with proggier touch! Keep on proggin'.!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Review by ClemofNazareth
2 stars I borrowed this album just for the purposes of this review, and I’m glad I did instead of buying it, because it’s not really very good.

I had a copy of this album on 8-track years ago just because at the time I was buying just about anything with Alan Parsons’ name on it. But even then it wasn’t something that got played all that often, since besides “Lucifer” and maybe “Damned if I Do”, there wasn’t much on it that interested me at the time. Listening to it again now after almost twenty years, my opinion hasn’t changed much.

The Parsons trademark opening instrumental is “Lucifer” for this album, and like most Project instrumentals it has some creative keyboard work (especially the bell-like organ), but the rhythm is pretty repetitive and doesn’t really vary enough to make it interesting. Even the backing choral chants seem a bit flat and cursory. The theme of this album is women (hence the title), and the interrelationships of men with the fairer sex, so the title of this song is probably referring to the Biblical temptation scene in the garden of Eden, I suppose.

“You Lie Down With Dogs” is a pretty biting tune (no pun intended) with Lenny Zakatek verbally dressing down his woman and apparently accusing her of tramping around. This sounds like something (musically and lyrically) that wouldn’t have sounded out of place on Foreigner’s ‘Head Games’ album. Maybe either Parsons or Woolfson was coming out of a bad relationship around the time this song was written, who knows.

Long-time Project collaborator David Paton sings on “I’d Rather be a Man”, yet another pop/rock tune with pretty basic rhythm and not much interesting in the instrumentation. This is really poor ‘women are evil’ theme and is pretty forgettable as a whole.

Some guy named David Townshend sings on “You Won’t be There”, a mellow love-and- leave tune in the vein of so many seventies pop singers. There are some decent orchestral arrangements here, but the lyrics are rather awkward and as a whole this is just pure pop drivel. Not at all worthy of the Parsons name.

Chris Rainbow aka Chris Harley serves up his own pop single with “Winding Me Up”, another seventies-inspired tune that could have been a one-hit-wonder for someone like Paper Lace or Orleans.

The other hit single from this album (“Lucifer” was the first) was “Damned If I Do”, with a keyboard/guitar cadence that sounds very much like most of the front side of ‘Turn of a Friendly Card’, with bouncy keyboards, basic tempo, and almost invisible guitars. There’s a little string orchestration on this one, but the stilting organ dominates in between the poppish lyrics except for a brief and uninspired guitar solo near the end. This was a catchy tune in its time, but again is nothing more than radio-targeted pop.

Since this album is about women, it makes sense that one or two of them would appear on the album, and Parsons doesn’t disappoint. He taps into his previous Pink Floyd association once again and delivers Claire Torry on “Don’t Hold Back”. Torry actually has an interesting voice when she’s actually singing lyrics as opposed to her other- worldly scat from ‘Dark Side of the Moon’, although here again the sound is very dated, and the date is 1979. Musically this track has nothing interesting to offer.

The other instrumental is “Secret Garden”, and as usual it is heavy on keyboards and light on variation. This has some nice strings but they almost sound like a combination of the real thing and some synthesizer magic, which wouldn’t be too surprising considering the time in which this album was produced.

Lesley Duncan (another ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ connection) is the other female vocalist on the album, closing it out with “If I Could Change Your Mind”. This would have sounded just about the same if Olivia Newton-John or Kiki Dee had recorded it instead. Move along citizens, nothing to see here.

So in all this is a pretty mediocre album. I can’t believe you are still reading this actually – I would have given up long ago were I not the one who wrote it. The production is technically proficient of course - this is Alan Parsons we’re taking about, after all. But the arrangements are uninspired, the lyrics bitter without any pretense of being clever or multi-faceted, and the overall word that comes to mind is – bland.

Two stars as a pop album, and don’t look for anything resembling progressive music here.


Review by Chicapah
1 stars By 1979 the world-wide plague known as disco had done its dirty work and sucked all the soul out of modern pop music and this album is a true reflection of that sad situation. I don't have a problem with this studio group being included on this site but finding anything even approaching the realm of prog on this record is harder than finding the Ark of the Lost Covenant and not nearly as exciting.

Parsons & Co. start things off with an instrumental named "Lucifer," that is only mildly interesting and becomes downright comical if you envision in your mind the Prince of Darkness doing his best John Travolta to this tune on a disco dance floor. "You Lie Down With Dogs" is an example of the "funky" disco sound that was popular at that time. Lyric-wise I think it would do rather well as the theme song for an anti-STD public service program. If there is a track that comes within a mile of being considered prog related it's the next cut, "I'd Rather be a Man." It has the unmistakable Alan Parsons Project atmosphere and it should be on the all-time top ten list of put-down tunes. It's hard to come up with a line more degrading than "I'd rather be a man 'cause a man don't crawl like you do." Ouch.

"You Won't Be There" is just a sappy torch song that brings to mind Air Supply. 'Nuff said. This is followed by "Winding Me Up," a lame wimp-rock song that begins with a requisite crank-up-the-toy sound effect. So clever. Alan tries to pull off an ELO imitation here but he fails miserably because the tune is so inferior. "Damned If I Do" starts with an ambience similar to some of his work on his excellent "Tales of Mystery and Imagination - Edgar Allan Poe" debut but it doesn't last long because before you know it the number turns into yet another funky disco dirge. Yark. "Don't Hold Back" is another wimp rock ditty that could have been inspired by Olivia Newton-John. You get the picture.

"Secret Garden" is an instrumental that sounds great but ultimately goes nowhere. There's not even a decent melody. It does have some nice Beach Boys kind of harmonies in the middle section but, other than that, it would fit right in as background music on the Weather Channel during the "Local on the 8's" breaks. Last but not least you get exposed to "If I Could Change Your Mind," a Carly Simon-styled torch ballad that does nothing for me at all. I get more stimulus from watching. well, the Weather Channel.

It seems to me that Alan Parsons and his partner Eric Woolfson had stopped being trendsetters and had started trying to create hit songs by mimicking what was being played on the radio. While that makes a certain kind of logical sense business-wise, it rarely works even though the record executives of that era vehemently crusaded and defended that mindset. In the case of "Eve" it only resulted in the creation of an album of incredibly mediocre quality. Skip this one altogether. 1.4 stars.

Review by ghost_of_morphy
4 stars Ok, I've got some extra time today and I've been looking for an album to review. You know, an album where you end up saying more than "Ditto" to umpteen million reviews.

And I think I've found one. Eve, by The Alan Parsons Project is going to get 4 stars from me as an excellent addition to any prog collection.

Now let me start justifying that opinion, because I'm obviously not in the mainstream on this.

First of all, this is one of the few albums where Alan manages to get a concept across. Yeah, I know every APP album is a concept album, but in most of them you have to strain really hard to find the concept. Not in this one, though. The concept is in your face from Lucifer to If I Could Change Your Mind.

The second reason for liking this album is the instrumentals. We've got two of the best featured here. Secret Garden is a nice one, and Lucifer may be the best instrumental they ever released. APP instrumentals are some of the best reasons for liking this band, and here we get a high quality double helping. Cool.

Thirdly, we've got some really good (albeit misogynistic) songs here. You Lie Down With Dogs, I'd Rather Be A Man, and Damned If I Do are all top notch, and that's half of the songs on the album (I'll admit that Winding Me Up and You Won't Be There are not of the same high quality, but that's the reason I'm giving out 4 stars instead of 5,) The masterpiece here is the last track, If I Could Change Your Mind. Lush instrumentation and a kick-ass guest female vocalist makes this a high point of the album.

Eve is probably my favorite APP album (although it faces some stiff competition from The Turn of a Friendly Card) and is fully deserving of 4 stars and a lot of respect for what was created.

Review by progaardvark
COLLABORATOR Crossover/Symphonic/RPI Teams
2 stars The Alan Parsons Project's fourth studio album dealt with the concept of women and is suitably called "Eve." This would be the only APP album to feature lead vocals by women (although only two tracks). One of the singers is Clare Torry, of Pink Floyd fame. The other was Lesley Duncan, who never really achieved any commercial success. Again, like on previous albums, a host of guests make their presence here. However, there aren't really any standouts worth mentioning. The album still features Parsons' trademark production and engineering, but somehow even this is not enough to save this album from being one of the worst releases of the entire APP discography.

The album is chiefly pop rock, including a number of danceable numbers and a few ballads. The only track worth listening to is the powerful instrumental called "Lucifer." Although repetitive in nature, the soundscapes on this song are quite powerful sensing a strong feeling of evil. After that first track, it's mostly a "skipfest" for your CD player. Definitely a two-star album. For collectors and die-hard fans only. Even many APP fans are not too fond of this album.

Review by progrules
3 stars I can't believe this was at one point my all time favourite band. You can imagine my prog collection was very poor then and I hadn't even discovered the great prog bands of the seventies like Genesis, Yes and Pink Floyd. In fact this was one of the first (near) progressive encounters for me, I was still in my teenages so please forgive me.

But why is it that I can't believe I loved it so much ? Because I'm more of a rock fan so in fact this is far too soft for me. But I must have been in a period that I wanted to discover real smooth beautiful music and then you're in the right place with APP.

This was my third or fourth purchase of an APP album and I was really into it I can remember. This wasn't a bad album at all and I still quite like it but now it really depends on my mood and my APP mood doesn't really occur too much last few decades. I mainly loved the APP instrumentals like Lucifer and Secret Garden in this case. The others are no more than nice to me now.

If you like smooth, mellow high quality and melodic music you could easily take an APP album and this would be a good choise. 3 stars for old times sake.

Review by Tarcisio Moura
3 stars Alan Parsons Projet's last album of the 70's showed a kind of turning point for the band. It is still proggy, but also more radio friendly than any of the three previous effords. It has some great tunes on it and it is probably one of his most interesting 'crossover' moments: there are enough progressive moments here to warrant more than a passing interest on a prog lover and still the record is filled with great pop tunes that could have made the top ten list of pop hits of the time (1979 was a very transitional year). As it happend only the mid-paced rocker Damned If I Do was a hit (and a minor one)

Eve was always an album I liked very much since most of my favorite bands were not exactly releasing their best stuff at the time. The album has two of APP's best instrumentals (Lucifer and Secret Garden), plus a good selection of rockers (You Lie Down With Dogs, I'd Rather Be a Man), ballads (Don't Hold Back, If I Could Change Your Mind) and the perfect prog influenced pop song that should have been a great hit on Winding Me Up (great vocal lines, fantastic arrangement, especially the orchestrated middle part). The main novelty may be the presence of female singers Claire Tory (of The Dark Side Of The Moon fame) and Leslie Duncan. Unfortunalty the tunes they sing are simply not as strong as the singers they chose for them.

Overall I really like this album. It has many fine moments, although the prog influences were starting to wane rapidly. As usual the production and engineering are absolute fabulous, the musicians are outstanding and the singers very well chosen. If you like tasteful pop songs with strong prog influences, this may be a CD to choose. However, if you're new to APP, I suggest you get their first 3 albums before tackling this one (in chronological order). As it is, I enjoy this album after all these years, but it is not their best. 3,5 stars for me.

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
1 stars Lucifer is a woman?

Alan Parsons fourth album is a very weak one with only one good track, the opening instrumental Lucifer. The rest of the songs are so lacklustre, generic and middle-of-the-road that I find it difficult to find words to describe them in detail. The worst songs from the previous Pyramid album give you a very good idea of what the majority of the songs here sound like. Some are Disco-ish Pop tunes, others are Rock 'N' Roll numbers and yet others are mildly symphonic ballads. But nothing here comes even remotely close to Prog.

The concept this time - as we all know there is always a concept behind the Project's albums - is women, or rather perhaps the relation between men and women. 'Eve' obviously refers to that famous character in The Bible which according to that particular story was the very first woman ever. I'm not really sure whether this album is a bit sexist or not? Anyway, if Parsons and Woolfson wanted to make the point that women are evil, then they really succeeded to make an album that is from hell! I would say that Eve is the low-point of the entire career of the Alan Parsons Project.

Thankfully, the Project would go on to make a much better album with their next one, Turn Of The Cards. Eve is for completionists only.

Review by kenethlevine
3 stars Women's Liberation and the International Year of Women notwithstanding, this gal is, at least on the surface, a remarkably misogynist album, given its subject matter and songs like "Lucifer", "You Lie Down with Dogs", and "I'd Rather be a Man". I understand the likelihood of some irony here, but poorly handled in this way, you can set back rights movements for every minority a half decade or so. Were it not for the fact that "Eve" shows a marked musical improvement over "Pyramid", it would be in my circular file under "Incorrect", and not just politically.

Luckily, tracks like the aforementioned "Lucifer" and the dreamlike "Secret Garden" are probably among the best 5 instrumentals ever conveyed by APP, while "I'd Rather be a Man" is a TGV of a diatribe, culling some of the flippancy of "I Wouldn't Want to be Like You" and even borrowing its main lyric. "You Won't be there" portrays the sensitive new age guy who doesn't get that he's a chauvinist pig, but does it with charm and a bit of humility, and "Winding me Up" is simply Chris Rainbow at his quality pop best. Then there is the standout "Damned if I Do", which presaged "Games People Play" and gave APP a shot in the arm when they most needed it; without it, the project might have died right here. True, their best work was already behind them, but the future held a few gems, and in the 1980s we couldn't be too picky.

Dock a half star for sinful behaviour and pick up this apple for its quality pop with prog blossoms.

Review by Sinusoid
1 stars I'm on the outside looking in here; I have never considered the Alan Parsons Project to be that special of a group, and I fail to understand what it is that makes APP a prog rock band. EVE does not sound anything like a prog record to me; it has 80's pop music written all over it. Some of the dullest sounds I've ever heard on any album come from here. Not a single song stands out other than ''Damned If I Do'', and that song is just another slick pop hit. I would avoid this record if you enjoy lots and lots of prog rock.
Review by ZowieZiggy
1 stars I can't be called a die-hard APP fan. I moderately appreciated their first two albums and it is almost logical that I am not praising this one.

Electro-pop-disco music, superbly produced and played for sure, but it still remains what it is. Easy listening stuff with little to no flavour. If you believe that the opener is a mistake, you are wrong. It is a good indication of what's coming next (although it is the best track from this album).

I wish the eve would never show up while listening to this album. Unless you appreciated ''Saturday Night Fever'', there is no reason to like a track like ''You Lie''. But actually, there is no reason to like this album. Period.

Most songs are on the weak side, and I can't find any prog in here. Synths maybe? But when coupled with these unbearable electro beats, I just feel nausea. The same ''Bee Gees'' feel can be ''experienced'' during the weak and syrupy ballad ''You Won't Be There''. Definitely, I won't?

It is a useless exercise to find any other good track in this album. It is a huge ''press next'' effort. The best has been heard with the opening number and the rest is mostly poor music. Some sort of second rate ELO from the eighties: do you see what I mean?

If ever you are into disco music, you might find this album intersting. I don't. And for me it isn't worth a ? cent. Since I can't go lower than one star, this is the verdict (''Secret Garden'' is OK though).

Review by Andrea Cortese
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars Despite its ugly cover, bad reputation and subdued drums, this album still has its moments.

Devoted to woman, it opens with "Lucifer", a (provoking and misogynous) catchy instrumental number in the vein of "Hyper Gamma Spaces" (from the Pyramid album) and it is by no means the weakest records of APP as some reviewers have pointed out.

Ok, there are some polished and pure pop oriented numbers as "You Won't Be There", "If I could Change Your Mind" (female vocals), "You Lie Down with the Dogs" but, on the other side there are still interesting tracks as "Secret Garden" (very pleasant instrumental with elegant vocalisings), "I'd Rather Be a Man" (similar to "Lucifer"), "Damned If I Do" (amazingly bitter with powerful orchestra), the decadent loop (in my humble opinion) of "Winding Me Up".

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars 'Eve' is the followup to 'Pyramid' and after the first 3 albums that were dynamic and full of inventive ideas, 'Eve' did not deliver the same innovation and has no prog. There are some great tracks and the odd instrumental such as Lucifer, though it is not a shadow of the greatness of other APP instrumentals such as I, Robot, or Hyper Gamma Spaces. Coming from 1979, the album suffers the same fate as many early 80s albums that date quickly and have hyper treble production and tinny sounds, and the dreaded disco sound. The poppy You Lie Down With Dogs has a familiar funky keyboard sound like other APP singles but it wears its welcome out by the time it gets to the end. The album is very pop oriented and doesn't take the same type of experimental risks as previous albums, so it is rather disappointing, right down to the dull coverart. I'd Rather Be A Man has a nice rocking sound sounding too similar to material on 'Pyramid', though I always liked those reverberating guitar sounds. The melody is infectious and I like the synth screams in the chorus section. The keyboard instrumental is excellent too and this is one of the better tracks on the album.

You Won't Be There is another ballad sounding uncomfortably like The Bee Gees in vocal style. I am not a fan of this soft ballad material from APP. Winding Me Up opens with a clock winding, a musical box melody, violins and then the trademark keyboard funk. It unfortunately settles into soft melodic pop and the mediocrity of the album begins to reveal itself in horrible contrast to previous albums. Hopefully it will get better, I was thinking at this point.

Damned If I Do is one of the album singles so one would expect it would be a decent song. It opens with synthesizer loops and an intriguing synth horn sound. The tempo goes into 4/4 and the commercial radio opens wide its arms to embrace this type of pop so little wonder it became a single. Finally a nice synth instrumental enters and some gorgeous violin strings, before a well executed lead break.

Next up is Don't Hold Back and it is just more of the pop radio sounds that I have already tired of. The vocals are okay coming from the wonderful Clare Torry, but this song is very dull after a minute or so. It is still nice to hear Clare Torry again, having made such a huge splash on Pink Floyd's Great Gig in the Sky.

Next is more instrumental work on Secret Garden. The keys sound like Hyper Gamma Spaces but it is not enough to save this track from being just another filler. It locks into a slow beat after a while which I kind of liked but it is ruined by all the 'oo be do be do be do be wah's that are simply frustrating rather than adding anything to this.

Last is another single with If I Could Change Your Mind, with Leslie Duncan's vocals that are very welcome at this point, but this is simply another slow ballad. The vocals make this one of the best tracks on the album but it is not up to the standard of excellence from previous APP albums.

Overall 'Eve' is disappointing, and very frustrating, as the band are capable of great progressive innovation but it is all thrown out the window to make way for the 80s synth pop sound that permeated the radiowaves but simply is outdated. There is not enough material on this worthy of salvage for a 3 star rating and it barely scrapes 2 stars only because of Lucifer and I'd Rather Be A Man, as well as Clare Torry. The rest is filler or will only appeal to the pop AOR fanbase, rather than a progressive listening audience.

Review by stefro
3 stars Considered controversial at the time of release, and saddled with a reputation that has been hard to shake, The Alan Parsons Project's 1979 album 'Eve' is, for many reasons, considered one of the group's lesser works.

A kind of quizzical concept album about the nature of woman kind - conceived and written by two men we must add - 'Eve' features a selection of songs that meditate on both the positive and negative aspects of the fairer sex, and features cover art despicting two models wearing veils. Only look a bit closer, and the glamourous women are revealed to have beauty-blighting facial scars.

Along with the concept, the cover was one of the many ill-conceived ideas featured on an album that was, sadly, symptomatic of it's era. The late seventies was still a time of overt male rule in the workplace, and despite the best intentions of both Alan Parsons and his erstwhile writing partner Eric Woolfson, 'Eve' as a concept is, at best, a clumsy mistake.

The duo's fourth album following 'Tales of Mystery & Imagination', 'I Robot' and 'Pyramid', 'Eve' was a calculated break from the progressive pop imprint of it's predecessors, and was the first Alan Parsons album not to start with an instrumental opener. Instead, this was a song-based album that sought to widen the group's appeal, a ploy that didn't work as well as intended.

Fronted by guest vocalists Chris Rainbow and Lenny Zakatek, and with Parsons and Woolfson once again backed by three quarters of the Scottish rock group Pilot, 'Eve' features the usual crisp production values, yet at first listen seems rather unexceptional.

However, like all good albums, 'Eve' needs multiple listens to fullt grasp.

The strength of the Parsons and Woolfson creative team was always the outstanding mix of first-grade production skills and hook-laden songwriting, and their ability to graft catchy melodies onto deceptively progressive music. Whilst the latter is largely absent here, it only goes to accentuate the former.

Tracks such as the groove-laden opener 'Lucifer', which postulates about the vices of woman, kicks proceedings off with a surprisingly tangy guitar-led sound, and features strong vocals from Rainbow, whilst the edgy 'Damned If I Do' powers along with sharp guitars and snapping snare drums.

There are less impressive moments.

'I'd Rather Be A Man' borders on the downright offensive, whilst also sounding like the kind of sub R'n'B-schtick Gloria Gaynor ended up doing in the mid-eighties, and the jerky 'Secret Garden' is beyond maudlin.

But the album actually holds together, even if the subject matter jars badly in the moden era.

There are few better at concocting string melodic progressive pop, which is both thoughtful and popular, than The Alan Parsons Project, and even on an album considered one of their weakest, their are still many strong songs, all once again brough out by the crystal clear production.

Parsons started as an Abbey Road engineer of course, working on Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' album in 1972 before becoming a fully-fledged in-house producer, overseeing albums for Steve Harley, Ambrosia, Al Stewart and The Hollies.

A songwriter, Woolfson worked for Andrew Loog Oldham's Immediate label, before leaving to conceive his dream project, a musical based on the works of noted horror author Edgar Allan Poe.

Their combined skills, and the unique nature of the group, which saw musicians brought in on an album-by-album basis to play the music written by Parsons and Woolfson, meant every album had it's unique concept, and it's own sound.

'Eve' is certainly one of their more mediocre efforts, yet there is still much to recommend.


Review by Warthur
3 stars The fourth Alan Parsons Project album is yet another crisply produced collection of tunes. Sonically speaking, things lean a little more towards a prog-pop direction than the first three albums (though not enormously so, since there'd always been a dose of that in the mix), though perhaps a little less inspired and catchy than preceding releases from the group, and lyrically speaking the album is a mess.

The participants have insisted that the idea was about the challenges women face, though frankly it comes across more like a bunch of men demonising women - indeed, no women are heard at all on 7 of the 9 tunes here, with only Clare Torry and Lesley Duncan getting a chance to be heard, and it's hard not to see the album as being more about mens' views of women than it is about women themselves.

This might be a clever and insightful theme for a concept album if more of an attempt were made to challenge and self-criticise those views, rather than simply taking them as read - but as it stands, it just feels faintly embarrassing, with points which sound like the audio equivalent of an incel message board.

This is exacerbated by the structure of the album; the idea seems to have been to present the negative side of women on side one, and the positive side on side two (which includes the two tracks which have women on lead vocals). There's two issues that mean it doesn't quite work; the first is that it's a concept which inherently is based around grand, sweeping generalisations, and the second is that the condemnation on side 1 seems to vastly outweigh the praise in side two, leaving the whole thing seeming imbalanced.

To be fair, only I'd Rather Be A Man would stand out as being especially misogynistic if you took it on its own - the rest of the compositions here would be inoffensive if heard in isolation. It's when you put them all together in one package that side 1 ends up seeming so ugly and bitter, and overshadows side 2's more conciliatory tone so much.

The bitterness may have been exacerbated by the fact that Parson and Woolfson were at odds with Arista at this time, and were grumpy about their contract. Indeed, this would be around the time that they knocked off The Sicilian Defence in three days, delivering it to the record company simultaneously with Eve, in order to burn through their contractual obligations and leverage Arista back to the barganining table. The end result was a renewed contract and something of a return to form on The Turn of a Friendly Card.

The Sicilian Defence was an infamous goof-off - a deliberately lazy effort that Parsons and Woolfson didn't seriously expect to see the light of day - but it's hard not to feel like they may have been holding back a little here, keeping back their most choice ideas just in case that contract negotiation fell through and they needed to offer something tasty and tempting to some other record company.

The end result is that Eve barely scrapes to three star status off the back of the pristine production and lush instrumental backing to its compositions, but the combination of Parsons and Woolfson semi-phoning it in and the bitter tone of the whole thing means it's hard to give it more credit than that.

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Report this review (#220042) | Posted by eddz | Saturday, June 6, 2009 | Review Permanlink

2 stars Secret Garden and the instrumental opening Lucifer are the highlights of an unequal album. Eve is among the least interesting APP albums. To be listened to one or two times, but you'll probably find this really deceiving. Anyway, Lucifer is really a great track. But You Lie Down With Dogs, You W ... (read more)

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2 stars Let's point out something: The lyrics and the intention of the of the concept are quite well produced, the performance and the music are not so...If we compared the album with the previous ones. Lucifer and Secret Garden are the highlights along with I'd rather be a man and If I Could Change Y ... (read more)

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