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4.38 | 2150 ratings

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4 stars Camel followed up "The Snow Goose", a wordless album that finally elevated them into prog greatness, with this, the album that cemented their place in the 70's prog annals.

On the positive side, Camel at this time had completely eschewed the psychedelic jamming that made the first two albums sound like they were recorded almost ten years before their release, and replaced that with more discernible prog compositions, the type that defined the classic mid-70s prog heyday. Musically, they blend a Canterbury-like jazz rock style with more symphonic passages, evoking at times lighter King Crimson, Genesis, and a bit of Pink Floyd.

What holds them back is a tendency to keep songs too light, and often reverting to this lightness after first revealing strong musical themes. Admittedly, however, this quality is what makes me enjoy this album as background music when having guests at an evening patio party.

Standout tracks are Chord Change, which has some dual guitar tracks that remind me of some of the classic Allman Brothers hits, before it changes lanes into some fine solo backgrounds, and Lunar Sea, which just might be the best song Camel ever recorded.

Another solid four star album.

Evolver | 4/5 |


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