The Alan Parsons Project – I Robot

Published on 21 February 2019 by

      Stephen Thomas Erlewine: Alan Parsons delivered a detailed blueprint for his Project on their 1975 debut, Tales of Mystery and Imagination, but it was on its 1977 follow-up, The Alan Parsons Project – I Robot , that the outfit reached its true potential. Borrowing not just its title but concept from Isaac Asimov’s classic sci-fi Robot trilogy, this album explores many of the philosophies regarding artificial intelligence — will it overtake man, what does it mean to be man, what responsibilities do mechanical beings have to their creators, and so on and so forth — with enough knotty intelligence to make it a seminal text of late-’70s geeks, and while it is also true that appreciating The Alan Parsons Project – I Robot does require a love of either sci-fi or art rock, it is also true that sci-fi art rock never came any better than this. ….. . The most fascinating thing about the album is that the music is restless, shifting from mood to mood within the course of a song, but unlike some art pop there is attention paid to hooks — most notably, of course, on the hit “I Wouldn’t Want to Be Like You,” a tense, paranoid neo-disco rocker that was the APP’s breakthrough. It’s also the closest thing to a concise pop song here — other tunes have plenty of hooks, but they change their tempo and feel quickly, which is what makes this an art rock album instead of a pop album. And while that may not snare in listeners who love the hit (they should turn to Eye in the Sky instead, the Project’s one true pop album), that sense of melody when married to the artistic restlessness and geeky sensibility makes for a unique, compelling album and the one record that truly captures mind and spirit of the Alan Parsons Project.’


The Alan Parsons Project – I Robot  Tracklist

  1.  “I Robot”
  2.  “I Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You”
  3.  “Some Other Time”
  4.  “Breakd own”
  5. “Don’t Let It Show”
  6.  “The Voice”
  7. “Nucleus”
  8. “Day After Day”
  9. “Total Eclipse”
  10. “Genesis CH.1.V.32”

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