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MIRAGE

Camel

 

Symphonic Prog

4.38 | 1806 ratings

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The Lost Chord
5 stars 9.0/10 Incredible

Well, here we go...Camel's second go is a sure hit! I would probably have been reluctant to buy this after the first album had I been around at the time of it's release, but thanks to this website I managed to just throw myself into Camel based on "THe Snow Goose", so I've heard it all! Let me tell you, Mirage is a work of genius. This album stomps all over the first effort and carries with it some real CONSTRUCTION!! (something the first album really lacks). Meaning, the songs on here feel like SONGS, with changes and colors and attitude!!! Camel holds with them such a special sound and they finally realized what to do with it...and they set up Mirage.

The album begins with Freefall and Supertwister which are probably my favorite tracks. "Nimrodel/The Procession/The White Rider" is just an amazing prog effort and really shows that Camel means business in the prog world. "Earthrise" made me sit up in my chair and just say "WOW, that was amazing". "Lady Fantasy" ends it with style and we have the first true Camel album with all musicians at their best effort.

Mirage in a way feels even more instrumental and musically driven than that of "The Snow Goose". In this I mean it has more "going on". The album feels like a transition between worlds, and Camel becoming more moody but with that original "Camel" sound from the first album still hanging on. Latimer is still rocking but carrying MELODY with this one, another lacking aspect of "Camel". Andy Ward really shows how badass of a drummer he is on here also, which I absolutely love, one of the best ever.

I also like the vocals alot more on here. The band shows imporvement in so many ways with Mirage it is just stunning. The flute work adds such an amazing touch and the new arrangements and moods are just awesome. Camel is now setting themselves up as one of the GREATS of prog, and "The Snow Goose" is next!? Get me a glass of water!!!

The Lost Chord | 5/5 |

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