ALAN PARSONS A Valid Path|
Eagle Records EAGCD221 (2004)
DualDisc (CD/DVD) Immergent (2006)
Alan Parsons has had a long and illustrious career from working with the
Beatles and Pink Floyd to success with the Alan Parsons Project. I am not a
big fan of the Alan Parson Project to be honest as I find much of the music
washes over me despite trying my best to like the music.
latest release will surprise (and possibly disappoint) long-term fans, as it
sees Alan Parsons goes full-on electronica. Gone are any trappings of AOR
and in its place you get an album of finely crafted tunes in the mould of
Tangerine Dream meets the Orb and Ozric Tentacles. There is much to enjoy on
here with plenty of lush soundscapes on display and as an added bonus Dave
Gilmour lays down a trademark guitar piece as well. Various electronica
artists also guest including the Crystal Method.
A brave move, that could open up a whole new audience to Alan Parsons
work. It won't be enjoyed by all fans for sure but come in with open ears
and mind for a first class electronica album.
The DualDisc version (2006) adds 5.1 surround sound, track commentary, video interviews with Alan Parsons, David Gilmour, Crystal Method, Nortec Collective, Uberzone and PJ Olsson
and 'hidden' v ideo bonuses together with a complete Alan Parsons discography and lyrics
Review by Jason Ritchie
***** Out of this world | **** Pretty
damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly