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Symphonic Prog

4.06 | 817 ratings

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3 stars A trip through the desert.

Camel's most middle eastern influenced record, Rajaz is not as powerful as some of their early 70's material, but the songwriting and spirit are still there. Latimer's playing is just as good as it was in the 'good ole days' and the symphonic structures are still here. That being said, none of the tracks really mesmerize you the way tracks on Mirage and Moonmadness captured our attention.

The playing is soft, elegant, and the instruments seem to really do weep. The biggest detractor is the vocals, which haven't gotten much better. The whole album is a vacation though. A vacation from the stresses of every day life, a laid back simple set of songs that are challenging enough to prevent dozing off. Camel has the spirit of the 70's back, and captures us with their spirit.

As I said, it's not any Mirage, but it still delivers. Nothing particularly stands out, but if you are looking for a modern record with a solid lineup that reminds you of the great prog of the past, Camel's Rajaz is a good bet.

OpethGuitarist | 3/5 |


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