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2 stars This is where all start into bleak. As the industry appreciate more on new wave or punk music, the prog band Renaissance tried to respond to the new challenge with new wave influenced music. Nothing wrong at all if a band followed the most recent music trends even though this could have been achieved through creating inventive chords and rhythm section which do note seem so complex. The pressure was quite high where musicians were dominated by label industry to produce top selling position. From the sound and image of this album, it's quite clear that the band wanted to convey a message to the potential buyers of their album that "We are different now! We have evolved (radically) into the new kind of music.". That's okay as long as the basic rhythm or textures of the band's music is still being used. Unlike King Crimson which radically moved into new form of music when Adrian Belew joined the band, in the case of Renaissance, they eliminate all the basic ingredients which made previous albums of Renaissance.

Talking about Renaissance "Camera Camera", I probably can relate to the release of Gentle Giant's "Civilian". Yes, the two have no relationship at all in terms of players as well as musical style. But the share similar evolution into other types of music. Gentle Giant "civilian" was criticized by many prog music lovers. Fortunately, the basic ingredients of Gentle Giant's music was being maintained at its core. The only difference with previous Gentle Giants was that the song became much more accessible and more rocking. While Renaissance "Camera Camera" does not leave legacy of their previous music.

Overall, I consider this as an album for completionist (like me!). For thise of you who have just started to know Renaissance, should disregard this album.

Gatot | 2/5 |


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