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The Lost Chord
5 stars 9.5/10 Incredible

Moonmadness carries on the brilliance of Camel's music in ways, and almost entirely lives up to their masterpiece, "The Snow Goose". While not a concept album as "The Snow Goose" was, and with a return to using vocals, the band takes some risks but ends up delivering in full genius in more ways than one.

Moonmadness is a sort of merging of "Mirage" and "The Snow Goose". It has the vocals, the rocking songs, the melow songs, and all the suntrumentation you could ask for. "Aristillus" kicks off the album with a bang and the rest is just great song after great song. My favorite tracks include "Air Born", "Spirit of the Water", and of course, "Aristillus". All of the tracks are great, but these stand out as some of Camels all-time best, almost topping some of what is on "Snow Goose". With this being Ferguson's last album, it is a bittersweet end to the classic line-up, and will signify the end to alot of what Camel once was. "Raindance", the next album, is a good effort but no where near the greatness found on here and earlier albums.

I think this album is incredible, not quite a masterwork because it has a few hickups here and there. I could do without some of the over-use of synths on songs like "Luner Sea" and "Another Night". I still find these songs great, but a little less production and intensity would have made this better. The band also set such high standards with "The Snow Goose" that it is impossible to warrant a perfect score unless that "feeling" was there. Moonmadness does not have that same "Feeling", again it is a sort of merger of Mirage and Snow Goose.

Alas, this album is an incredible album, some of the best prog ever created. Check it out!

The Lost Chord | 5/5 |


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