As the music of the eighties came into bloom, and keyboards started taking their run of popularity, production in music would often switch from subtlety to pure overkill. That being said, plenty of music was still being made with intelligence and true production talent. Enter: Alan Parsons.
Early in his career, Parsons was involved in the engineering and production of several of the most acclaimed albums of all time, including The Beatles’ Abbey Road (1969), Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon (1973), and, in more recent years, Steven Wilson’s The Raven That Refused To Sing (2013). Parsons brings that same level of production clout to his 1982 pop-rock album, Eye In The Sky.
The follow-up to 1980’s The Turn Of A Friendly Card, Eye In The Sky is a great collection of songs. It opens with the iconic instrumental stadium-rocker “Sirius,” which perfectly segues into the beautiful title track. The latter has some gorgeous acoustic guitar and harmonies over top of the keyboard work, as well as a solo and some complimentary swells from electric guitar.
Following up “Eye In The Sky” is the David Patton track “Children Of The Moon.” It’s a fun song, the ending of which has some great choir-like singing that transitions into the incredible, overlapping-vocal track, “Gemini.” The Eric Woolfson-sung “Silence And I” is the longest track on the album, clocking in at a bit over seven minutes. It has a cool instrumental break in the middle and a great build at the end.
Unfortunately, the majority of the really memorable songs come within the first half of the track-list. There aren’t any particularly bad or un-enjoyable songs, but the album does start to lose its energy relatively quickly. The one major exception is the closing song, “Old And Wise.” It’s a beautiful tune sung by Colin Blunstone, with really great overall composition and a memorable saxophone solo from Mel Collins to close it out.
While not perfect, Eye In The Sky is still a great album with some fantastic songs, and is well worth a listen.
Overall rating: 7/10