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Tony Fisher
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4 stars Let's get it clear at the start; this is no Moonmadness or Snow Goose, not even near - but nor is it a bad album either. Breathless, Echoes, Summer Lightning and The Sleeper are great pieces of progressive music and Rainbow's End is a lovely end to the album. However, Down on the Farm, with its quirky, humorous lyrics, sung in typical Richard Sinclair style, would have fitted a Caravan album much better than a Camel one and the rest are not much better than fillers. There's still lots of brilliant guitar work, some fine keyboards and Mel Collins' sax work is reliable as ever. However, the strains over the band's musical direction that had been building up between Latimer and Bardens do show somewhat and led to the latter's decision to leave. (Just to put Hugues Chantraine right (yet again, I'm afraid), Richard Sinclair was sacked - he did not choose to "get out".) And the changes did result in an eventual return to top form with Nude a couple of years later, albeit with a very different line up. So to sum it up, a good album but not a great one.
Tony Fisher | 4/5 |


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