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COLOURS

Eloy

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.71 | 319 ratings

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Andrea Cortese
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3 stars "...horizon serene, a rainbow where no man has been / love within reach, a truth with no needing of speech..."

Colours is usually referred as a transitional album. There is no concept or magnum opus here. The quality standard is still very high, though. Songs as "Illuminations" and "Child Migration" are two miliar stones in the whole Eloy's catalogue. The first one, in particular, is one of their most classic ones (and one of the most favourite of mine).

The angelic female chorus on the opener "Horizons" continues the tradition as in their previous albums such as in Silent Cries's masterpiece "The Apocalypse".

Some weaker songs, though. "Giant", for example, is often referred as a great composition. In my opinion it is not. I think the main problem with it is the too repetitive structure and the boring (somehow banal) lyrics. And in fact, who do we think we are to suggest the giants to change their natural behaviour? I don't like very much the simplicistic peaceful messages in music.

Fortunately it's up to "Impressions", a very good short track with lyrics painting dreamy and spacey landscapes. To be mentioned the great work on flute. Excellent.

"Gallery" is a good track, nothing more (an intelligent move to record it at only 3 mns). The following song, "Silhouette" is an excellent effort, just above the two wonderful tracks mentioned in the initial part of the review.

"Sunset" is the warm and sad closer of the album. An instrumental short tune (just below the 3 mns) with a very plseasant acoustic guitar. They end as good as they start.

The 2005 Harvest/EMI remeastered album features also two bonus tracks: the commercial single "Wings of Vision", a more pop influenced song with some references to Camel at the same period; then the single edit of "Silhouette".

All in all a very good album, with higher and lower points. Honestly, even if I adore it, it cannot be compared to the previous wonderful Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes. It is a more varied musical experience, though, deserving to be included in any proghead's collection cds. For that reason I think the correct evaluation should be around 3.5 stars. Three are too few, four seem to be too much, comparing with the previous and the next album.

Andrea Cortese | 3/5 |

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