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MIRAGE

Camel

 

Symphonic Prog

4.40 | 2766 ratings

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thebig_E
4 stars 4.5 stars. This album was my introduction to Camel, and after listening to this and Moonmadness, I've decided that I really like this band. They could have been a top tier prog band if only they had a better singer to go along with their music. I'm not saying that Latimer's or anyone else's voice in the band is bad, just not to the level of say Peter Gabriel or David Gilmour.

Where this band's strength lies is in their instrumentals and musical arrangements. I will say that Andrew Latimer is one of my favourite guitar players in all of rock music, and is far too overlooked. He just plays with so much emotion and class. Of course, all the members of Camel are talented, not just one.

Although Camel are a generally softer band, "Lady Fantasy" does have its rocking moments. The song's intro and outro are classic. Other standout tracks would have to be "Freefall" and "Nimrodel/The Procession/The White Rider". The "White Rider" segment has a stunning guitar solo.

I believe Mirage would be an ideal first listen for anyone who is new to this band, or even to the world of progressive rock. It has an accessibility that not many albums in this particular genre of music have. For that, it is recommended.

thebig_E | 4/5 |

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