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PLANETS

Eloy

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.03 | 347 ratings

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Andrea Cortese
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4 stars "...an awesome glow that shines through the sky attracts me strongly like an obscure shrine..."

With Planets Eloy definitely found a (partially) new direction. The first part of a double- album concept work based on a science-fiction' story by Frank Bornemann about the eternal battle of good and evil in a planet named "Salta", settled in the solar system of Hel, the largest solar system of the universe.

The band's usual and celebrated sound gets more refined, not changed. And in fact you couldn't say it has not to be included in the space rock sub-genre. The eighties don't seem to have contaminated Eloy's essence. They also enriched the music by introducing a wonderful strings' arrangement in the memorable track "Queen of the Night", the most convincing song of the whole record, in my humble opinion and in the good closer ""Carried by Cosmic Winds".

It's great the band and the Harvest (EMI) label delighted us with that excellent remaster reissues. I only have to criticize, as I told before in another review, the decision to write the booklet's liner notes completely in german.

Back to Planets, now. I don't think this is a mastepriece as someone stated. It's an excellent work, though, showing the talent of the band in paiting vast and deep scenes, perhaps their peak of maturity (even if not their most relevant work) along with the following "Time to Turn" (the second and last part of the science fiction concept).

Andrea Cortese | 4/5 |

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