From the New World album cover

Alan Parsons – From the New World (Frontiers Music s.r.l.)

Alan Parsons
From the New World
Frontiers Music s.r.l.

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From the New World album cover

There is something charming in the simplicity (at least for prog rock standards) of Alan Parsons’s new musical adventure. Following on the heels of his 2019 The Secret, his first studio album in 15 years, From the New World is a collection of modest songs that brings to the table some of rock’s most accomplished musicians.

Although Parsons does not get wild or mystik on this album, continuing his studio journey under his own solo moniker — the Alan Parsons Project disbanded in 1990 — it allows Parsons the opportunity to be creative and versatile. From the New World is an album of solid rock songs and ballads that serve as punctuation pieces.

His collaboration with Tommy Shaw on “Uroboros” shows the flawlessness in both musicians. Neither stands out more than the other and reminds us of Parson’s niche in collaborative spirit.

“Give ‘Em My Love” brings in James Durbin and Joe Bonamassa to flavor this early-’80s style iconic sunburst ballad. Bonamassa’s electric vibrancy complements a primarily sincere piano-driven love letter. Bonamassa returns with David Pack on vocals for “I Won’t Be Led Astray,” a drifting ballad that puts Parsons more into a career perspective than the aforementioned. Mike Larson’s cello work really solidifies the mood.

What I love about this album are songs like “Fare Thee Well” and “The Secret.” This is really where Parsons still shines with a subtle nod to his own eccentricity.

The opportunity for us to witness Parson’s as the great songwriter and collaborator continue to shine through to this day.

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