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The Alan Parsons Project


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2 stars Just another Alan Parsons Project album

The Alan Parsons Project is possibly the most formulaic band in our beloved archives. It seems as if they established a list of essential ingredients that they just had to follow with each album. You can just imagine what the creative process was like.

Alan: "Ok Eric, its time to make a new album again. We need to have (1) a theme or concept, (2) a couple of guest vocalists and (3) one or two instrumentals. Anything else?"

Eric: "Well, we need a handful of catchy Pop tunes."

Alan: "Oh, that's right! You write those then and I'll work on an instrumental."

Eric: "Alright, and give Chris Rainbow and Colin Bluntstone a call will you?"

Alan: Sure do. Any ideas on the theme?

Eric: "I think we should do something on ammonia"

Alan: "Ammonia!?"


The end result is, not surprisingly, similar to Eye In The Sky which used the same basic formula. Overall, it feels like we have heard it all before. However, there are some strong moments here like the title track which is surprisingly effective and also the most progressive song on the album. Pipeline is the instrumental of the album and it works rather well, but it is not anything really memorable about it.

Ammonia Avenue is not a bad album, but I fail to be excited about it. Recommended to fans and collectors.

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |


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