13 May 2013 – Alan Parsons Project – Don’t Answer Me – over on Wicked Guilty Pleasures

Let’s forget about the song for a minute.  This video, which is clearly very Dick Tracy comic-inspired, is among the most beautiful ones I’ve ever seen. And Nick gets the girl in the end.  What more can you ask?!  So, before we talk about the music, let’s enjoy the video.

The song itself, though, is not at all happy.  It’s angry and depressed and sarcastic in the first verse.  The second verse keeps the anger and depression, but the sarcasm is replaced with hope.  I was always impressed with the way Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson kept the story going so far forward in such a short song.  And, let’s be honest – music hadn’t seen this much orchestral-style layering since Phil Spector!

In this 2010 live performance of the same song, a tribute to original lead vocalist Eric Woolfson (who passed in 2009) by Alan Parsons, the vocals are a little thinner – Woolfson was missed – but it’s still a brilliant showcase of what was the magnus opus of Woolfson/Parsons.

This post was originally posted on Wicked Guilty Pleasures, at http://sobadforyou.blogspot.com/2013/05/13-may-2013-alan-parsons-project-dont.html. Please check it out over there!


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