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POWER AND THE PASSION

Eloy

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.65 | 309 ratings

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Andrea Cortese
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4 stars "...Why are these men shouting? Is the battle lost or won? Now the footsteps of the guards...will my chains be tightened or undone? "

Power and the Passion has been my introduction to the Eloy's discography. Soon a special admiration grew in me. Such a slow, rythmic, spacey experience. It seems all the band's members go on as they are part of a procession. In my opinion these are the feelings that have to catch the attention and the respect by any good proghead in listening to such a music.

The atmosphere opens the imagination of the listener toward vast lands, over the mountains, beyond the horizon, softly caressing the clouds, pleased to admire the forest below that covers the ground as a mantle. A musical trip, indeed. And the opened window of the cover is the key.

The album is a conceptual based opus about a sort of "back to the future" story. The main character is the son of a (mad?) scientist who lives as in a dream, always thinking to his own strange experiments. Suddenly the boy starts to disappears with all his great surprise and anguish. What's going on?

He breaks the times' barriers and return to the year 1358. Then he finds a young lady named Jeanne and starts to talk with her about the respective situations (with a drug party's degression...). "Love Over Six Centuries"is really a great track just slightly ahead the 10 mns. The album's trade mark, in my opinion.

The story goes on through mutiny and imprisonment. Finally the boy reaches the daylight and, with it, he is free again. With the help of a zany magician he obtain to return back home...to the bells of Notre Dame's sound. Alone, though.

Organ, moog synthesizer, mellotron, electric and grand pianos are always present and have the most important role here. Bass guitar also takes the scene. Frank Bornemann's electric guitar just whisper with elegance. It is strange but in "Mutiny" (9 mns) I thought to hear some Shadow's references on the electric guitar (yes, that Shadows, the band of the sixties!!). Maybe the trip has gone too far and is going to have a bad effect on me!

Andrea Cortese | 4/5 |

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