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March 20, 2017

The Alan Parsons Project – Vulture Culture (1984) – Lp

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The Alan Parsons Project were a British progressive rock band, active between 1975 and 1990, consisting of Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson surrounded by a varying number of session musicians and some relatively consistent band members such as guitarist Ian Bairnson, bassist and vocalist David Paton, drummer Stuart Elliott, and vocalist Lenny Zakatek.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  Alan Parsons Project
Title:  Vulture Culture
Year:  1984
Format:  LP
Label:  Arista Records
Catalog# 206577

Vulture Culture is the eighth studio album by The Alan Parsons Project, released in 1984 via Arista label.

Vulture Culture‘s theme is another in which the fallacy of humankind is front and center. This time Parsons‘ message concerns the fact that everyone lives in a parasitic society, where it’s every man for himself. Those who can’t fend for themselves simply won’t survive in a world where the kindness of the human spirit is rapidly deteriorating. On this album, though, the songs are weaker and are less effective in bringing out the album’s complex idea. As it does have its moments, Vulture Culture lacks in cohesiveness and strength both lyrically and, to a lesser extent, musically. “Let’s Talk About Me” addresses the theme in its words, but the choppy rhythm takes away the attractiveness that could have been. The instrumental “Hawkeye” adds life and contrast to the album at just the right time. The most appealing song, “Days Are Numbers (The Traveller)” with vocalist Chris Rainbow at the helm, combines simplicity with a timeless chorus making for a truly beautiful ballad. Even though Parsons‘ theme is revealed, it’s done so with less clarity and doesn’t quite hit home. Without the usual balance of absorbing lyrics and well-maintained music, Vulture Culture remains one of this band’s less prolific albums.

 

Side one
1.  Let’s Talk About Me  (4:22)
2.  Separate Lives  (4:42)
3.  Days Are Numbers (The Traveller)  (4:26)
4.  Sooner Or Later  (4:26)

Side two
1.  Vulture Culture  (5:21)
2.  Hawkeye  (3:48)
3.  Somebody Out There  (4:56)
4.  The Same Old Sun  (5:24)

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