Eloy — Ocean 2: The Answer

The Art Corner was a series of articles by graphic artist Mattias Norén, who was part of the DPRP team and designed the layout we had at the time. In this series, Mattias reviewed the artwork of albums. The series started in January 1999 and ran for about 18 months.

The original introduction of the series is included below and will tell you what it was all about. This category no longer runs, so information about submitting an album for review has been removed, but we're keeping the archived articles as a separate series in the Features category.

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Dear visitor of The Art Corner!

Some people say that it's just the inside that counts, but I'm actually one of those men that cares much about the outside as well! :-)

The Art Corner only concentrates on the outside. What I think about the inside, the music, I'll keep for myself in this case.

Each album has been given 1 to 5 points in seven different categories.

  • Design / Composition: Is the idea and layout good?
  • Technical skill: Is the artist good at what he is doing?
  • Connection to the music: Is the artwork inspired by the music, album title and the lyrics? Does it feel good to look at the cover at the same time you listening to the music?
  • Logotype: How good is the design of the logotype?
  • Typography: How good is the typography? (cover and backcover)
  • Booklet: How good is the typography, artwork, layout and paper quality?
  • Disc: How good is the typography, artwork, layout on the disc?

Mattias Norén

Eloy - Ocean 2: The Answer (GUN 167, 1998)


Cover picture by Wojtek Siudmak.
Booklet design by Michael Narten.


category score
Design and composition
Technical skill
Connection to the music

Score: 3.5


When Eloy made a follow-up to their famous Ocean album, they chose the same cover artist as who did the original. That certainly was a wise decision.

A very well executed painting that shows fantastic skills from the artist.

The typography on the cover is the same as on its predecessor, so you can strongly feel the connection between them.

The credit list in the booklet is a bit hard to read, but that is my only complaint.