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THE SNOW GOOSE

Camel

 

Symphonic Prog

4.27 | 1547 ratings

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Shakespeare
4 stars Though this is generally a very symphonic, and relaxed album, there are substantial additions of intriguing, sometimes dark atmospheres and very energetic and exhilarating playing. That being said, Camel's (music inspired by) the Snow Goose is a mainly soft album, with an endless amount of gorgeous melodies spewing from both the sharp guitar, the crystal clear keyboards, and even some soothingly smooth flute. Being a wholly instrumental album adds another layer of intrigue and specialness. But, like most good albums, this requires anywhere from a few to many listens for it to fully register. When it does, though, you'll be whistling the tunes, air drumming, playing keyboard on your desk, and getting lost in the waves of sound protruding from this magical release.

Musicianship is excellent on this album. All playing is perfectly precise, with absolutely no sloppiness or laziness. Never do any of the musicians really go over the top and let loose the hounds, but it's often better that way. Every musician shares the spotlight: it's really a team effort. The compositions, mainly delicate and beautiful, sometimes rise to climatic levels, and other times sink to milky trance-inducing sections. Both extremes are beautifully presented, excellently executed, and flawlessly though-out. The atmosphere is gripping, and with the help of a few psychedelic and spacey elements, it never loosens its hold throughout the course of the album.

With some touches of orchestra/brass, and of course, the majestic flute, the symphonic edge is completed. And, unlike many symphonic bands, keyboards are not necessarily the main medium used to display the genuine melodies. Guitar is used to a great effect, and in fact plays most of the more soulful and memorable tunes. And, for some great variation, the band switches things up with a few tiny bluesy/jazzy excursions now and then. When all these excellent elements are combined, we are left with the amazing Snow Goose. It's a journey more than an album, and holds a great nostalgic, narcotic, je ne sais quois. Looking for great symphonic prog? Look no further.

Shakespeare | 4/5 |

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