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Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.76 | 447 ratings

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3 stars After the great release Inside, Eloy stumbles and releases the sub-par Floating

Eloy is a very different band. At first, they were a hard rock group (and not a very good one), then Frank Bornemann changes abruptly his interests and decides to pursuit the psychedelic rock and, as time passes, the psychedelic rock evolves to krautrock and space rock. This means that Eloy has three different phases and each phase (except the hard rock phase) can be broken in different eras or parts, even the krautrock phase.

Some people only differ Kraut from space rock saying that Kraut is from Germany and space rock is from the rest of the world, but i usually differ them deeper, analyzing the music, because, you know, they sound different, despite having some features in common. For example, krautrock is usually, let's say, more repetitive and can be harder than space rock. The second and the third Eloy albums (Inside and Floating, respectively) were clearly krautrock driven, wile almost all albums after Power and Passion are space rock driven.

So Floating rests comfortably in the second part of Eloy's krautrock phase, because 1) its a krautrock album, thus fitting the phase and 2) it is much harder than the band's previous album and it has a different bass player, thus needing to be placed in a different part of that phase.

Unfortunately, the changes from Inside to Floating were not good enough to make this album better than the previous. The music sounds rather uninspired, specially in the second part of the album (the part of the album that was in the side 2 of the vinyl, in which are the songs Castle in the Air, Plastic Girl and Madhouse). Not even its rocking atmosphere were able to increase its general quality. Luckily, the first part of the album is much better than the second, what makes the album be, overall, quite good. The highlights go to Floating and The Light From Deep Darkness.

Grade and Final Thought

As it has happened to most bands, Eloy released a sub-par album after a great album. Floating is a fairly good release, but most of its side 2 is just bad. Because of that, i think that 3 stars sounds quite fair.

CCVP | 3/5 |


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