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TIME TO TURN

Eloy

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.88 | 283 ratings

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Andrea Cortese
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4 stars "Hey, say, is it really true, that the flame of hope has grown? That the spirit has changed? That the few no longer stand alone?"

With Time to Turn Eloy conclude the second (and final part) of their great concept work started with Planets. Science fiction is a very good genre to renew their (memorable) sound. This one is a little bit less elaborated than the previous one but has certainly all its verve, its creativeness and power. From the fantastic cathedral-organ-like intro to the unespected acoustic closer, this is a voyager to distant worlds, through obscure and spectral galaxies where Evil cold forces seemd really to prevail over all things light and warm. In some parts I think this one is even better than Planets. The opener and the closer are in fact simply superb! Those delicate acoustic notes those memorable english vocals with deutsch accent are the icing on the cake along with the sound's effect of seaguls in the distance.

An unique (negative) remark is the lack of strings which blew me away before, in Planets. Female choruses are still here (fortunately). But now, those angelic beautiful vocals are closed in the getto of their - by many considered - most commercial tune by date: the title track. I have to disagree from them for because it's well evident the musical link with other tracks of the album and because the female choruses gives it an ethereal and quasi - "cathartic" feel.

Many thanks to Bornemann and co. also for the big "classic-Eloy-opus" End of an Odissey (9,25 mns long). Another reason to say a big welcome to Eloy in any good prog discography. Their spacey roots are all here, never gone after the classic Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes. The song is brilliant with lots of catching keyboard, sad in the middle part, perhaps foreseeing the best Eloy's period is gone, never to turn back again. Just a little bit of "too much of eighties on the plate"...

All in all this is a great album, truly deserving a four stars treatment. The remaster is, as the others by this band, excellent. The only question to ask about it is why does it lack of any bonus track?

Andrea Cortese | 4/5 |

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