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SILENT CRIES AND MIGHTY ECHOES

Eloy

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.02 | 432 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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Symphonic Team
2 stars Echoes from Echoes

Following on the heels of the popular Ocean, Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes continued pretty much where Ocean left off. As such the present album suffers from the same shortcomings as the previous one, but this album is a lot less intriguing and less memorable. One major problem I have with many Eloy albums is Frank Borneman's German accent which is no less evident here than on the previous album. His vocals would approve on later albums, though.

As hinted at in the album title, Echoes by Pink Floyd seems to be a major influence for Eloy here (and elsewhere). The long compositions with David Gilmour-like guitar solos and floating, atmospheric keyboards remind of that famous band. Some of these compositions are too "nebulous" and seem to go on forever and the tempo is generally too slow for my taste. I wish I was able to describe the music in greater detail, but I find it mostly uneventful. There are some rather tedious and overlong passages with not much happening at all. Frankly I find much of this album dull and quite unoriginal. Ocean too had a couple of gray areas, but Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes is almost entirely a gray area! Ocean also benefitted from its concept that held it together, but if there is a concept here it is vague.

Overall, I find this album to be rather overrated both in the genre as a whole and even within Eloy's own catalogue. I would only recommend this to fans and collectors.

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |

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