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3 stars A good debut, but still overrated. OK song, followed by good song, followed by fantastic song, followed by pointless song, followed by a mixed song.

You defenitive hear it's a camel album, but their style isn't fully developed yet. Songs like Freefall are harder than most camel songs while focusing so much on guitar riffs. At the same time it sounds as they do their best to sound agressive without being good at it, which make the song sounds a little bit amateurish. It's still OK but would rather listen to something else. Supertwister may sound as a dramatic titel, but in fact it's a calm instrumental song focusing on a flute solo. This suits camel better, and they would come to develope this style more on future albums. A nice track. It's followed by the best of them all and in my opinion one of the best songs from camel, Nimrodel. The song is divided into two parts, but I prefer to divide it into four. First the medieval march-intro, which developes into a vocal part with accoustic guitar, mellotron and electric guitar. It developes into a long energic solo, lead by a keyboard but also featuring a guitar, maybe the best part of the song. The song calls down, and a little repetative but moody theme with a keyboardline, some bluesy guitars and vocals in the beginning ends it. A epic masterpeace! Earthrise is really nothing special, for me it's even more pointless than freefall. Instrumental and rather boring, thats all you need to know... Lady fantasy is a mixed bag, a very mixed one. A really irritating intro with a noisy keyboard and a guitar, followed by a soft, perfect guitarline with a lush organ in the background.The "main theme" appears, which is a calm track with vocals, a rather good one but too long. Then again, the band tries to be agressive with some exploading angry guitars. They aren't placed evry well, and tries just a little bit too much. Then that perfect guitar line from the beginning close the album, and make you think: "this could have been a really good song". As I said, a album with some nice tracks but some things mess it up.

Eastvillage | 3/5 |


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