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CAMEL

Camel

 

Symphonic Prog

3.94 | 894 ratings

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The Lost Chord
3 stars 6.8/10 Decent

Camel's first, but not my first Camel album. I came to this album after hearing "The Snow Goose" and being blown away of course. This album certainly did not live up to the sound of Snow Goose, but definitely holds with it a strong "Camel" feel. "Camel" is actually a decent album with some of the best musicianship the band has done, and this being because they are all fantastic musicians!! This band works together so well, and this album is a stand-alone great rock/prog album. Latimer and Bardens are two of my all-time favorite musicians, and just hearing Latimer play guitar is a treat on it's own.

The main problem with this album is that there are just not enough complete songs that are great. The songs feel like "examples" or the potential the band has. They are holding together some good stuff, but there is a sort of emptiness to it all, as though it should just be background music to a friday night party or drive somewhere, or even in a movie. "Never Let Go" is my favorite track, and does hold together as a fantastic song. The vocals on here also need a little work, and I love the vocal work on all of the later albums. This album just feels kind of weird with the vocals. Despite all of this the band definitely sounds tight and holds some super strong potential here. The leap forward from this to Mirage is just staggering, but this is a good start for one of the most underappreciated, genius bands of the 70's.

The Lost Chord | 3/5 |

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