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4.06 | 840 ratings

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5 stars The music of poets once carried caravans across great deserts. Sung to a simple metre of the animal's footsteps, it transfixed weary travellers on their sole objective. journey's end. This poetry is called 'rajaz'. It is the rhythm of the camel.

And this is exactly the way you feel while listening to this album; like you are riding on the back of a camel in a caravan from one point in the deserted Saudi-Arabian desert to another, far far away.

Andrew Latimer plays most instruments on this album and they all have an "Arabian touch" to them, just as Ton Scherpenzeel's keyboards. It really makes you feel like being on an Arabian journey on the back of a camel yourself. Camel singing about the rhythm of the camel. Makes sense doesn't it? In a way one might also see this figurative. After some 25 years, Camel's highlights were the early seventies, Camel goes back to their roots. I even think "rajaz" is my all time favourite Camel album, even better than "Mirage", "The Snow Goose" and "Moonmadness", because 25 years of playing and song writing definitely made the band grow and the sound as solid as a. err. Camel !

"Rajaz" probably being my favourite Camel album it's impossible to rate it less than the full 5 stars.

evenless | 5/5 |


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