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VISIONARY

Eloy

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.29 | 201 ratings

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HammerOfPink
4 stars This is a fairly good album, and I am very happy to see something new from Eloy in recent times. I was very excited to get this album and while I admit it was not as absolutely amazing as I was expecting it to be (a step down from Ocean 2 - The Answer, which in my opinion is a perfect example of a 5 star progressive rock album) however, it's still a good album on its own.

In order to appreciate this album, one must drop all expectation and begin with a new slate. Because once you start trying to compare this album to other Eloy masterpieces, it honestly begins to seem like a very poor effort. But while it isn't the best, it's still a really cool album!

The choruses of female vocals present in the last album are mostly absent from Visionary. It is pure progressive rock though, complete with the complex structures and spacey keyboard sounds. Frank Bornemann's voice seems to have become aged, but it's still nice to listen to. While not an especially amazing singer, Frank's voice still makes me smile. Something about it makes me happy, especially with his German accent.

You'll find this album to be kind've slow mostly throughout. And while none of the songs really qualify as absolutely amazing pieces, the entire album is pretty good. One of the most beautiful songs on this album is Summernight Symphony. It's a short but sweet song, which reminds me of sitting on a hill with someone special to you, and staring at the moon and the shining stars.

Another interesting thing is they revived the tune of the song "Time to Turn" from the album of the same name, and created a part 2 called "The Challenge." That's another song I really enjoy on the album.

Throughout, it definitely has a very original sound... nothing you'll hear from anyone else but Eloy, and even then, not very similar with their other albums. Overall it does not match to some of their classics like the 2 Ocean albums or Dawn, but on its own it is a beautiful album. The Artwork is also awesome to randomly add that.

Overall a solid 4. An excellent edition to any progressive rock collection, one I'd suggest to anyone who enjoys spacey progressive rock. This album makes me happy, because it shows Eloy has a possible future!

HammerOfPink | 4/5 |

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