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|1. Return To Tunguska|
|2. More Lost Without You|
|3. Mammagamma 04|
|4. We Play The Game|
|6. L’Arc En Ciel|
|7. A Recurring Dream Within A Dream|
|8. You Can Run|
"Return To Tunguska" is a solid track and very recognizable as Alan Parsons. It's a good start to the album.
"Tijuanic" grows on you and is the most unique of the instrumentals.
"L'Arc En Ciel", "A Recurring Dream" and "Chomolungma" all seem to be variations of the same theme. I think Alan over does the sound effects as well. Orson Wells, John Cleese, dripping water and a dog barking?
"Mammagamma 04" stands out as by far the worst thing that Alan Parsons has committed to Album. It's quite frankly embarrassing. Its Alan Parsons meets "The Macarena" dance beat. Yes, that bad!
"More Lost without you" is a great track. It's Swinging psychedelic Brit-rock style and will have you singing along in no time.
Now to the song "We Play The Game". I've looked at Alan Parsons' internet site but he does not mention what seems obvious to me. This track starts off sounding exactly like a Nokia mobile phone standard ring tone called "Futuristico". I can actually set my Nokia to play along with the track. It sounds as if it's a direct digital recording of the ring tone. The track then builds on top of this basic sound. Alan Parsons sings lead vocals and I have to say he sounds great. The song is beautiful but I fear that this constant ringing tone in the background might prove in the long run to be a bit irritating.
At first I wasn't sure I would like this album. It sounded disjointed. A kind of mishmash with no common link / theme. Then I heard my wife playing the CD. She played it and played it and it really did grow on you. OK, I admit despite its faults, I like the album but I suspect it won't become one of my all time favourites like every other Alan Parsons album.
There are nine tracks; three new songs, four new instrumentals and two updated versions of old Project tracks.
The opener, Return to Tungusta, is without doubt the best track on the album (and perhaps one of his best instrumentals ever). It combines intriguing Eastern influenced rhythms and melodies with Dave Gilmour's screaming guitar to create a piece of music that is both fascinating to listen to and immensely danceable (in a performing arts kind of way - it's not for clubbing!!).
Although lacking the same "wow" factor, the other new instrumentals are not without merit either. Tijuaniac has a lovely laid back, jazz feel about it, L'Arc en Ciel effortlessly evolves from dripping rain to soaring guitar and then back again, whilst Chomolungma (my second favourite track) brings the album to a fitting end with it's crescendo of chanting and voiceover by John Cleese.
I can't pretend to find the new songs, other than You Can Run, particularly praiseworthy. That said, More Lost Without You and We Play The Game are pleasant enough and do sit well, within the context of the album. You Can Run, in comparison, is the type of song you will either love or hate. It's extremely funky, has a good vocal and is great for modern dance or an aerobics class.
Mammagamma '04 is, for me, the low point of the album. However, I didn't like the original much either so perhaps that's to be expected. In contrast, I can't help but admire A Recurring Dream Within a Dream, the merging of A Dream Within a Dream and The Raven from Tales.Read more ›