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4.39 | 2424 ratings

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4 stars There are many who view this recording as the pinnacle release by Camel. I disagree. That distinction belongs to its immediate predecessor, Music Inspired by the Snow Goose, which in its cohesiveness and execution of concept is unparalleled in the entire symphonic progressive rock literature. Despite this, Moonmadness is an excellent collection of progressive rock material, and, taken on their own, each piece stands well. The musical ideas and concepts are not, in general, as fully developed as those in 'Snow Goose' and as a result, not quite as satisfying. The musicianship of the players is beyond reproach, however. Jazzy elements are somewhat more prevalent on this recording than on earlier material, though not to the degree of later recordings. Although flagrant commercialism is not present, this offering is, while not quite mainstream, geared toward somewhat less adventuresome ears than 'Snow Goose'. Once again, the liability of weak vocals rears its ugly head, and this remains the perpetual Achilles' heel of the band. Overall, it is a four star recording but hardly a masterpiece.


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