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A Valid Path [DualDisc]

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Alan Parsons 4/4/2006

Review

Five years after Time Machine, Alan Parsons returned to the producer's chair refreshed and ready to go with an arsenal of new songs for Valid Path. The immediate standout is Parsons' highly updated, super-polished sound, and to expect less from him would be an insult to his legacy and reputation as one of rock's most respected producers and engineers. As usual for a Parsons project (pun intended), guest appearances once again run the gamut. The Crystal Method, David Gilmour, John Cleese, Nortec Collective, and Orson Welles all make contributions, with some most definitely faring better than others. The Crystal Method seem downright out of place on "Mammagamma 04," and so do their driving breakbeats and filtered basslines. Evidence of overreaching to keep up with the current chillout trends and Middle Eastern influences du jour are also present in "Return to Tunguska," which sounds like Pink Floyd's classic "One of These Days" in its mid-forties sipping a café latte. But those are mere distractions from Valid Path's overall haunting beauty, especially for those who have been loyal to Parsons over the duration of his career. While the changes may not appeal to some or even lure any new listeners, die-hard fans will revel in this and its replay value over and over again with great delight. [This edition includes DVD audio material.] ~ Rob Theakston
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Return to Tunguska Alan Parsons 8:48
  3. 2 More Lost Without You Alan Parsons 3:20
  4. 3 Mammagamma 04 Alan Parsons 5:6
  5. 4 We Play the Game Alan Parsons 5:33
  6. 5 Tijuaniac Alan Parsons 5:21
  7. 6 L' Arc en Ciel Alan Parsons 5:26
  8. 7 A Recurring Dream Within a Dream/The Raven Alan Parsons 4:6
  9. 8 You Can Run Alan Parsons 3:51
  10. 9 Chomolungma Alan Parsons 7:45
  11. 1 A Valid Path [DVD] Alan Parsons null:null

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