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SILENT CRIES AND MIGHTY ECHOES

Eloy

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.02 | 437 ratings

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3 stars Pink Eloyd, maybe.

During the 3 minutes intro you can expect to hear Gilmour playing the famous four notes of Shine On You Crazy Diamonds...however if you are not disturbed by the terrible German accent of Bornemann, this album is quite good.

All the songs have more or less Pink Floyd inside, but there's also enough of Eloy's distinctive sound even if Frank's voice is the most distinctive thing in Eloy's music. I've always thought that they would have had more success if they decided to sing in German.

The Uriah Heep influence is now gone forever and this album starts like a clone, but there's a bit more. Regardless the fact that I LIKE Pink Floyd clones because I like Pink Floyd, I have to say that the long "The Apocalypse" is a very good track and reading other's reviews I think that the closer "Mighty Echoes" is underrated. This song, in particular, is the one which sounds less floydian and it's the one that persists more in my mind after I listen to the album, and not only because it's the last track.

It's a pity that a so skilled band had the attitude of "cloning", but they have always added something personal to the clones and the final product is everything but bad.

I don't think it's "essential", as other albums before this (e.g. Ocean) are more representative of this band, but I can't say that it's not good.

3 stars

octopus-4 | 3/5 |

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