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Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.70 | 409 ratings

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4 stars Can you see the Colours?

Colours is a rather odd Eloy album for many reasons. First off, the album is a transition album: it represents the bridge between the traditional space rock from the 70's that Eloy became so famous for and its 80's equivalent which will be presented in the band's next two albums (Planets and Time to Turn). Secondly, most of the band members left after Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes, so Frank had to rebuild the band almost from scratch, which also affected the band's music: Colours have undeniably a visceral sound, a hard rock influence, which was, sadly, dropped after Floating. Thirdly, starting in Colours, the guitars would have a bigger importance than before because there are now two people that would play only thew guitars, unlike before when Schmidtchen did guitars and keyboards in studio and only keys live.

Regarding the songs, musicianship and other features, there are somethings I would like to say

As I said before, Colours is a transition album and that can be easily seen whenever you put it side to side with Planets and Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes and make a simple comparison. Roughly a third of the album sounds somewhat similar to Silent Cries (the first example would be the song Illuminations), the other third sounds somewhat similar to Planets (the first example would be the song Giant), although, for obvious reasons, in neither case they sound exactly like them, and the last third sound like Eloy, but not any other album specifically. By the way, I know the album only have 8 songs. Those divisions are only approximately the amount of songs.

Also, Colours have some considerable hard rock influence, which was lost somewhere during the early 70's. The song that has most of that hard rock stuff is Child Migration, though it spreads throughout the album.

Grade and final thoughts

Despite being a great release, Colours is somehow ill-fated, having many bad or regular grades, which is, in my opinion, quite unfair to such a competent and entertaining album. Colours is very balanced and have very good songs, it is just different. Because of that, 4 stars is a fair grade.

CCVP | 4/5 |


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