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DESTINATION

Eloy

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

2.62 | 187 ratings

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octopus-4
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RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams
2 stars There still some of the good Eloy in this album, but I really don't understand why this band release its first album of the 90s trying to sound like the YES of the 80s.

The innatural falsetto of an unrecognisable Bornemann who sings over music which seems to be arranged by Trevor Rabin just after Big Generator, the use of electronic drums and what sounds like a fairlight on the title track....I have to say that this electro-pop songis really not bad. It reminds me to something else already heard, a mixture of YES and Peter Gabriel of the 80s which could have been good if released before the prog rebirth of the 90s. In 1992 it's already dated.

Eloy have always been a bit derivative, since the Uriah Heep influence of the first two albums, to the Floydian period of the mid 70s with a hint of Jethro Tull, and Alan Parsons Project, but this is too much. And too pop.

The only track which doesn't sound like YES, Prisoner In Mind, sounds like Wishbone Ash...

Just one highlight: "Jeanne D'Arc" is a good track and sounds less derivative than the rest of the album. Bornemann, whose strong German accent seems to have been mitigated during the years sings on his normal pitch. The song has something of West Coast even with the operatic choir, but is in line with the "good old things". It's a song that could have apeared on one of the eraly albums, and considering the lack of originality of the rest of the album it might have been composed years before.

Don't get me wrong, this album is not so bad. You can put it into your car and listen to it while driving. Of course, if you don't pay attention you can think to be listening to something from the Rabin period.

Not a disturbing album, but there better things to buy, around.

octopus-4 | 2/5 |

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