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THE TURN OF A FRIENDLY CARD

The Alan Parsons Project

 

Crossover Prog

3.49 | 363 ratings

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Warthur
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2 stars The Alan Parsons Project were undeniably a talented bunch, but the fact is that they settled into their formula really rather too comfortably by the time this one came out. The Turn of a Friendly Card is a prog-by-numbers concept album about gambling which includes the predictable epic multi-part track, the predictable gentle ballads and more dynamic, rockier pieces (which never rock particularly hard - very staid and restrained band, the Project) and the usual impeccable production from Parsons himself.

What it doesn't have is a soul. Every note, every lyric, evety instrument is present and presented the way it is in accordance with the Project's formula, and every song is the way it is because that's the way it is expected to be. It's a shoddy third-generation photocopy of I Robot or Tales of Mystery and Imagination, thrown together with the same lack of imagination that blighted the preceding Pyramid and Eve. Competent, but supremely forgettable.

Warthur | 2/5 |

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