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COLOURS

Eloy

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.71 | 313 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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4 stars A more colourful album

Eloy entered the 80's with Colours which, in my opinion, was a major improvement over the previous Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes and also the beginning of the strongest period in Eloy's long career. The compositions here are a bit more to the point and the focus is on songs rather than nebulous sound scapes. This album is also more instrumentally diverse with a stronger presence of acoustic guitars and occasional flutes in addition to the usual electronic keyboards and electric guitars and, of course, bass, drums and vocals. Even comparing the respective sleeve pictures of these two albums can tell you that Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes is more Psychedelic and spacy while Colours is a bit more down to earth (even if it features a naked fairy!). The vocals of Frank Bornemann improved too and his often frustrating German accent was becoming less evident from this album onwards.

Colours opens with the instrumental Horizons which sounds more like Alan Parsons Project than the Alan Parsons Project themselves. I'm reminded of such great Alan Parsons Project numbers as the instrumental Lucifer that opened their 1979 album Eve. Illuminations and Giant follows and these are rather typical Eloy tunes with a sound and drive more similar to that of Ocean than to Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes. Impressions features a lovely Jethro Tull-like flute solo. Child Migration features a rawer electric guitar sound that might seem a bit dated for the 80's, but there are also some very tasteful acoustic guitar lines in the middle of the song. The album ends with another instrumental based on acoustic guitar and keyboards.

Overall a very good Eloy album, highly recommended

SouthSideoftheSky | 4/5 |

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