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OCEAN 2: THE ANSWER

Eloy

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.80 | 216 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars Four years between their last effort "The Tides Return Forever" and this one.

From the very first seconds, one knows that something special will take place. "Between Future and Past" is 200% "Floyd" oriented. A grandiose opening.

"Eloy" is delivering another good album. Long time since it didn't happen.This fact alone is pure joy. Hard-psychedelic numbers as "Ro Setau" can only please the old "Eloy" fan database. Heavy keys, huge guitar work and .relatively weak vocals.

Still, it is remarkable that after having released so many albums (of which several very good ones), a band is able to offer such an effort. Close to their glorious days (even if at times a bit too prog-metal oriented).

One of the highlight is "Paralysed Civilization". The concept of hard-spacey-rock is fully achieved. Bombastic guitar to knock us down is the ultimate weapon here. Heavy keys complete the picture and are an essential part of this great number.

I have always been reluctant to such come backs, but in this case, I have to admit that "Eloy" did a good job with this release (unfortunately their last one so far). It is amazing that some bands do have this great bunch of inspiration while most of them are just repeating history (at best). I just wonder why it is called "Ocean II" since it has nothing to do with another of their best albums released in 1977.

"Reflections From The Spheres Behind" is just another of their good Floydian anthem. It needs some time to kick off, but the choirs are great and there is no need to talk about the guitar break, I guess.But these "computerized" vocals of the closing section are hurting the quality of the song.

This is not the best "Eloy" effort and probably not the best way to investigate in this very good German band. Most of the songs are enjoyable and relate to the past history of the band very well but the album probably lacks in the magic one could have felt in their earlier work. At least, this is how I feel. Even if the very end of "Waves Of Intuition" is fully cloning "Time" (from Floyd of course).

Throughout their long career, "Eloy" remained faithful to their musical style which is a standout point in their work. IMHHO. Very few bands can fulfil this description even if "Eloy" is not playing in the "Premier League".

Few highlights but lots of goods songs. This is what you can expect from "Ocean II". The final track being one of the best.

Three stars for this "Ocean 2".

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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