Alan Parsons Project – Vulture Culture

Alan Parsons Project - Vulture CultureThis is not my favorite of the Project’s albums. At this point, the sound of the group succumbed to the then-current rush of sequencers, synths and drum machines, giving the music an artificial and electronic feel overall – a big letdown for an act that had made a name for itself with sweeping, grandiose orchestral components in their music. That complaint aside, the more-pop-than-rock-opera material is not bad; “Separate Lives” and “Sooner Or Later” are solid Eric Woolfson numbers, and the album2 out of 4 culminates in one of the most effective Parsons Heartbreakers in the band’s history, “The Same Old Sun”, a wrenchingly lonely Woolfson ballad that’ll have you reaching for a razor blade or two by the time the CD player jumps back to track one.

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  1. Let’s Talk About Me (4:22)
  2. Separate Lives (6:42)
  3. The Traveler (Days Are Numbers) (4:02)
  4. Sooner Or Later (4:26)
  5. Vulture Culture (5:21)
  6. Hawkeye (3:48)
  7. Somebody Out There (4:56)
  8. The Same Old Sun (5:24)

Released by: Arista
Release date: 1984
Total running time: 39:01