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Camel - A Nod And A Wink CD (album) cover




Symphonic Prog

3.95 | 638 ratings

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4 stars Excellent XXI century Camel!

It's amazing how this band not just makes a return, but it makes real pleasant and melodic album with the friendly-oriented name A Nod and a Wink. It's not an album close to the albums from the beginning or from the middle of Camel's career. On A Nod and a Wink an be found the departure of their earlier styles. It can't be found the symphonic style of their earliest works, but also it can't be found their jazzy-oriented style of their middle works. So it's a melodic mixture of bluesy rock, folk rock and even some crossover prog. You cannot find any jazz here. Despite being not symphonic prog at all, it's not absolutely abandoned; but if we talk about jazz, its fans have to make their conclusions... They won't find an appropriate album for themselves.

With this work of art, current line-up prove to be good songwriting machine without any doubt. A Nod and a Wink could be putted among the best Camel's albums (in my opinion these are first three albums - Camel, Mirage and The Snow Goose). It is often compared to the latest Pink Floyd's effort - The Division Bell. I think they are very similar, too. The structure and the sense of both albums are very close. So it's recommended for fans of The Division Bell, brcause of that reason.

Most of the songs contain strongly emphasized bluesy melancholic mood. For example - A Boy's Life, The Miller's Tale, For Today and After All These Years. This make them more or less similar, so I'll mark the other four as my favourite - A Nod and a Wink, Simple Pleasures, Fox Hill and Squigley Fair. They are quite different each other and that's why original for me. Adorable!!!

poslednijat_colobar | 4/5 |


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