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RA

Eloy

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

2.74 | 151 ratings

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progrules
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3 stars So this is their supposedly weakest album in history, along with its predecessor and its successor that is. Funny enough two (Destination being the other) of these three albums are my first two encounters with the band, so I will be looking at them in a slightly different way I guess.

This one starts with Voyage of the future Race, a song that starts very slowly with hardly anything happening in the first minute. After this a vocal part with a sound so typical for Eloy in the eighties. A bit mechanical, accessible, almost commercial. After a few minutes of this a sparkling guitar solo, the highlight of this first song and maybe even of the entire album. Next up is Sensations, an uninteresting song again saved by a bit of good guitarplay. Third song is Dreams, a well known song, I always considered it the best track of this album, good composition, accessible on one hand but varied enough to be interesting. Probably one of the best Eloy songs in the eighties and the preserver for an acceptable rating for this release. Also on this one some teriffic guitar performances. Just the end of the song is a bit weak. Invasion of a Megaforce reminds of the spacy lyrics of 70's Eloy although the musical and instrumental aspect can't really cope with the level in the great era for this band. Rainbow is a slower more ballad like track and probably responable for the boring reputation of this album (although I noticed not everyone feels the same about Ra). It is certainly not one of my favourites on the album and same goes actually for the closing track, Hero. Nothing special to say about this one either.

All in all nothing great with this effort by Eloy. A mediocre album but just about good enough for the rounding up to three stars for me (2,7).

progrules | 3/5 |

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