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EYE IN THE SKY

The Alan Parsons Project

 

Crossover Prog

3.35 | 460 ratings

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3 stars Radio friendly

"Eye in the sky" is one of the better albums by the prolific Alan Parsons Project, since it has a couple of truly memorable tracks.

While the album is generally fairly lightweight, with little which could fairly be described as prog, there is a consistent quality to the album which makes it worthwhile. The musicianship, production and orchestration are as you would expect from APP, the music having a very radio friendly melodic pop orientation.

After the brief instrumental opening of "Sirius", "Eye in the sky" takes us gently soaring skywards on a mid-paced song with a simple structure, and pleasant vocals.

"Silence and I" is the first of the albums stand out tracks. It is a slow ballad, beautifully sung and orchestrated with an underlying power, a quality which is all too often absent in much of APP's work.

"Old and wise" is the other key track. Colin Blunstone's vocal talents can make virtually any song sound good, but when he matches up with a fine song such as this, the results are truly impressive.

When Alan Parsons is in ballad mode, he is capable of coming up with some excellent stuff. When on the other hand he is producing mid-tempo pieces of melodic rock, such as most of the remaining tracks here, the results are generally predictable and lacking in identity.

A solid if unremarkable album, boosted by a handful of tracks which stand well above their peers.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |

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