ARTIST:

ALAN PARSONS

(UNITED KINGDOM)
TITLE:

FROM THE NEW WORLD

(2022)
LABEL:

FRONTIERS RECORDS

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
80's, Melancholic, Symphonic
"New album of Alan Parsons, "From the New World" proves to be more coherent than its predecessor, but the absence of epic breath and of some additional developments penalizes it on the duration."
TONYB (21.07.2022)  
3/5
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After 15 years of discographic silence and the release of "The Secret", Alan Parsons seems to resume the thread of regular releases in parallel with his quasi-permanent tours from now on, in complete opposition to the first incarnation of the Project which was at the time only a studio adventure. After the relative disappointment of "The Secret", what can we expect from "From the New World" and from the new compositions of Alan Parsons, whose shadow of Eric Woolfson never ceases to haunt all his productions?

As a beginning of answer and to lend a little more confusion, the album opens with 'Fare Three Well' whose first notes are neither more nor less than a big wink to 'Sirius', the instrumental which opens "Eye in the Sky". This first track is well in the tradition of Alan Parsons and the Project, with a very symphonic orchestration, the presence of a saxophone and a small final guitar solo.

The beginning is rather successful and gives the pace to a good part of this new production, for which the adjective of classic can be added to many tracks: 'The Secret', 'Give 'Em My Love' or 'Don't Fade Now' easily fit in the well-known style developed since more than 40 years now. It is necessary to go to the side of the guests to find some originality or spice in the whole. First of all, Tommy Shaw (Styx) comes to lay down his rocky voice on 'Uroboros', a very guitar oriented rock track. And then one of the masters of the 6-string, Joe Bonamossa comes to pose two small splendid soli on the pieces being able to act as single, 'Give' Em My Love' and especially 'I Won't Be Led Astray', this last piece unfolding moreover a chorus with the magic melody. But it is especially on the side of 'Halo' that we find a true originality, with a worrying electro-symphonic atmosphere completely bewitching.

However, the whole leaves a taste of unfinished and a mixed impression. As an example, 'Obstacles' proposes us after 3 minutes a beginning of instrumental break which could have augured a symphonic development behind, that we wait in vain. And this frustration is unfortunately repeated several times. And to finish spoiling the picture, the album ends with 'Goin' Home', a soothing composition in Christmas song mode, before a last B-side cover ('Be my Baby') sending a new wink towards 'La Sagrada Familia' and its castanets, but totally out of place and without any interest.

If "From the New World" proves to be more coherent than its predecessor, the absence of epic breath and of some additional developments penalizes it on the duration. The impression is thus mixed, divided between interesting moments and others more unspecified, and does not manage to make the nostalgia of the Project's productions disappear.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Fare Thee Well
02. The Secret
03. Uroboros
04. Don't Fade Now
05. Give 'em My Love
06. Obstacles
07. I Won't Be Led Astray
08. You Are The Light
09. Halo
10. Goin' Home
11. Be My Baby

LINEUP:
Alan Parsons: Chant / Guitares / Claviers
Dan Tracey: Chant / Invité
Danny Thompson: Batterie / Invité
David Pack: Chant / Invité
Doug Powell: Claviers / Invité
Guy Erez: Basse / Invité
James Durbin: Chant / Invité
Joe Bonamassa: Guitares / Invité
Kim Bullard: Claviers / Invité
Mark Mikel: Chant / Invité
Matt Mccarrin: Claviers / Invité
Mika Larson: Invité / Violoncelle
P.j. Olsson: Chant / Invité
Tabitha Fair: Chant / Invité
Todd Cooper: Chant / Invité / Saxophone
Tom Brooks: Claviers / Invité
Tommy Shaw: Chant / Invité
   
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