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MIRAGE

Camel

 

Symphonic Prog

4.38 | 1784 ratings

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Prog Leviathan
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4 stars It may be my biggest musical regret not investigating this outstanding pillar of the genre's heyday earlier... because from the very get-go of the first track Mirage screams excellence.

Hard rock blends more excellently here with iconic symphonic rock better than anywhere else, with heavy guitars sinking their hooks into the listener so that intricate synthesizers can take their time to unfold vast tapestries of music. Latimer's guitars can positively cook, but also use smartly delicate textures to create mood alongside the equally varied keyboards of Bardens, whose solos and classic sound are incomparable to the business of Wakemen. The rhythm section is thankfully heavy, with strong performances by both drums and bass, giving weight to the atmosphere and especially the rocking sections.

Expect thoughtful and varied compositions (including one about Gandalf... how can you go wrong?) which will appeal instantly to anyone who is a fan of the classic prog genre. For those who haven't heard anything by Camel yet, I can't recommend this one enough-- it has (almost) the virtuosity of Yes, played with a more Floydian/Genesis style... although it completely blows most anything by Genesis out of the water thanks to its combination of ambitious prog stylings and a hard-rock soul.

Outstanding!

Songwriting: 4 Instrumental Performances: 4 Lyrics/Vocals: 3 Style/Emotion/Replay: 5

Prog Leviathan | 4/5 |

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