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Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.78 | 450 ratings

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3 stars Eloy, as i see it, is (in all it's numerous incarnations) one of the most pretentious bands on the site.

They just try so hard to make their music something so big. But sometimes, just pure will is not enough. "Inside", the second album by the band led by Frank Bornemann is a rather spacey and jammy effort, with one song lasting over 17 minutes, effectively falling into the definition of an "epic", both to size and structure.

There is no doubt that Inside, like most other music by Eloy, is very enjoyable, but it is by no means a masterpiece. First of all, i feel that the songwriting is somewhat uninspired, and eloy didn't really have it in them to write epics of this length yet, as some parts do drag. Second, there is not much originality in the music, if you are somewhat familiar of the genre, you might feel a slight sense of deja vu. Lastly, the lyrics are, as always, absolotely dreadful, and Frank's delivereance of them even more so. If you are at all well versed in the english language, it is very hard to sit through a whole Eloy-album and not smile at the seriousness with which Bornemann gives us such lines as "there's a lot of happiness and the conflicts going smash" in his very revealing german accent.

Still, there is a definite charm to this particular element of Eloy's music, and one i would not want to be without, and at least the music does not lack the energy. I would maybe compare it to Rush's Caress of steel iin terms of maturity, it is a very charming and fun listen, but not nearly as refined as what they would achieve on, for example "Ocean".

It is also very hard to take very much with you emotionally from an Eloy record, but the band's goal obviously wasn't to break your heart, but rather to make a spacey, but spirited, ambitious piece of music. Recommended for Those who have tired of their pink floyd-records and want to try something more... german.

Evans | 3/5 |


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