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3.68 | 472 ratings

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3 stars A new Camel is born.

This album marked the return of Camel and Andy Latimer (who at this point, essentially IS Camel) to recording albums and touring. And a fine return it is. This is not, however, a return to form, but a new and different version of the band. There were intimations of this in Nude, and even the horrible Stationary Traveler, but this is a different type of music from the 70's and 80's versions of the band.

The album is almost entirely instrumental, and has a melancholy atmosphere that suits the subject matter very well (Grapes Of Wrath). Only 4 vocal tracks out of a total of 16 songs. Of these, I like Go West the most, sounding very much like a mellow Floyd tune from the Wall era or the post-Waters period (but Latimer always had a Gilmour like quality to his voice). Of the others, Rose Of Sharon has the most interesting structure and vocal parts. The other two don't do much for me but are not particularly bad. The second half of the album has some rather sublime instrumental sections, even getting fairly intense at some points. A lot of the tracks are short interludes, but I think they all work pretty will in the big picture.

Overall, a decent album and one I pull out still when I'm in the mood for something mellow with good guitar work. I'll give it 3 stars but it is probably closer to 3.5.

| 3/5 |


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