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Symphonic Prog

2.87 | 618 ratings

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3 stars A departure from their more symphonic roots? - yes, worthwhile? - yes.

In 'I Can See Your House From Here' CAMEL have done what so many of the great symphonic prog bands of the 70's did when the 80's dawned upon them and that is to move into more accessible synthesizer based pop territory but CAMEL really manages to come up with some great music here due in no small part to guitar wizard Andy Latimer, although it is plagued by a lot of lackluster and uninteresting material.

Wait is a fantastic song with an amazing guitar riff and a superb synth solo section which is in perfect contrast to the more poppy verses and choruses. Eye of the storm is a great symphonic instrumental song although a bit cheesy it's quiet peaceful. Hymn to Her is another highlight with a leviathan of an opening riff invoking images of standing on a mountain in triumph, the song then becomes a bit poppy but ends in fantastic fashion with some of CAMEL's trademark brand of symphonic prog that we all love from their previous albums. 'Ice' finishes of the album in great fashion with a very beautiful and peaceful instrumental.

As far as bad points of the album go there are quite a few that stick out, notably the more poppy songwriting that I've already touched upon several times. Songs like 'Remote Romance' are a bit of a joke really, and it's a good song just for laughing at because it's so bad, it's one of those vocoder laden synth based 'angular' 80's type pop songs (even though this was in '79) with lots of cheesy synth and sound effects. Who are we isn't much better, clocking in at nearly 8 minutes of soppy lovey-dovey pop. The symphonic songs don't really sound as cohesive as they did on previous albums either, this may be due to the production which is really quite thin and weak.

'I Can See Your House From Here' is a varied album from CAMEL, it's no where near as good as their earlier symphonic prog based efforts but it's still a decent album with some real highlights, there's just a few tracks you'll need to skip.

FruMp | 3/5 |


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