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OCEAN 2: THE ANSWER

Eloy

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.79 | 224 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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3 stars Waves of intuition

1977's Ocean is one of Eloy's most popular albums. 21 years later came this follow-up. However, there is in reality not that much connecting this album with the original Ocean album musically. Ocean 2, subtitled The Answer, does not stand in the kind of relation to its predecessor that, say, Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells II stand in to its predecessor. Ocean 2 is not based on the same formula as the original Ocean and it does not revisit the themes of that album. It does, however, have a bit of the same feeling as its older counterpart and there are again longer compositions with some ambient passages. Ocean 2 is more symphonic in places and also a little bit more melodic.

Vocalist Frank Bornemann's German accent is much less of a problem here than it was on the original Ocean album. He has become more and more accustomed to singing in English over the years and he sounds quite confident here. He is backed up by female background vocalists and choirs in some places. Like always with Eloy, the sound is based on keyboards, guitars, bass, drums and vocals. The guitars are very David Gilmour-like and the drum sound is improved over their more recent albums at the time. The production is impeccable and the cover art is great.

For me this is an enjoyable album for sure, but it is one of those albums that you enjoy while you are playing them, but as soon as the music stops there is no lasting memory of what you just heard. Don't get me wrong this is a fine album and I actually enjoy this every bit as much as the original Ocean, if not more, but neither of the two oceans are among Eloy's very best albums, in my opinion.

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |

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