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Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.03 | 626 ratings

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4 stars Rather different from their previous album, Ocean, in that it's not epic in the same manner and thus not too easy to compare. Alone almost a claim to being progressive.

By 1979 though, I don't know if this can be regarded as really progressive, most of it had been done five years earlier and particularly the intro track, "Astral Entrance", sounds like a rip-off of PINK FLOYD's "Shine on You Crazy Diamond pt 1".

It is definitely more polished and produced than what the Space Rock albums of the early 70s could achieve, technically, and Silent Cries. really shines as a masterpiece of mentioned genre. In fact one of my favourites with ELOY.

This is the last album by ELOY's classic line-up and as bonus tracks, on the CD-release that I have, are the EP released later in 1979 which was the last ever release by this line-up.

From that EP is an early version of "Child Migration", later released on Colours, and the opus which is my favourite track of the CD, "Let the Sun Rise in My Brain". A very trippy song a decade later than the psychedelic era.

Of the original album "Pilot to Paradise" and "De Labore Solis" really shines but there really isn't a bad track to find, except for "The Apocalypse". The only song that could be called an epic on this album isn't bad, but with its 14 minutes it gets a bit tidy. Nothing happens for quite long passages and it could definitely be cut down a few minutes.

The length of "The Apocalypse" is what prevents me from giving the album 5 stars, but it's at least worth 4 stars!

Frasse | 4/5 |


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