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The entirely instrumental Snow Goose is in my opinion Camel's finest achevement. Having realized Andy Latimer is no Greg Lake , the band decides to put emphasis on little instrumental passages instead of songs. Moreover , there are some orchestral arrangements that give this album an epic feel.

It would be hard to describe this record track by track since some of the sections are not even one minute and a half longer , so if you love sidelong epics you'd better try another record (or maybe another band) With the exception of being an instrumental record , The Snow Goose is typical Camel: subtle well composed tunes with an emphasis on Latimer's guitar. However this record has a bit of everything from acoustic pieces to energetic drumming passages to grandiose orchestrated sections. Some of my favourite moments are The Snow Goose ( Where Latimer shows all the shredders out there that less is more creating a teardropping little guitar solo) Dunkirk ( a song in constrant crescendo with military style drumming and a very good slide solo) or even the Canterbury flavoured Migration... Suming up , I don't think a single second of this album is wasted , it's all 5 star material.

That being said , I don't think this record would be suitable for everyone on this site since it does not have any particular standout moment like Tarkus Close to the Edge or Plague of Lighthouse Keepers Moreover , the playing is not impressive by any means , so those looking for sheer technical prowness may look elsewhere. So what's good about this record then?? The answer is simple: The Snow Goose's strength lies in it being a solid , well composed and cohesive album. So if you were to have just one beautiful and relaxing record The Snow Goose can be right at the top of your wish list.

crimson87 | 5/5 |


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