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The Prognaut
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5 stars First of all, I have to admit that I'm a little bit confused with this album, sometimes it seems to me that it deserves the endorsement of best CAMEL album, but then pictures come to my mind in assorted images such as "Snow Goose", "Mirage", "Harbour of Tears" and so on. and then is when I hesitate about such considerations. I also have to say that this very recording brings my sensitivity out in such incomparable ways, it gets me in the right kind of mood by awakening my romantic yet almost unknown spirit every time I play this album on my stereo.

What's pretty much clear to me though, is that this is the CAMEL album where LATIMER plays exquisite, well educated, hypnotizing guitar. I don't really know what is the real purpose of this album, but the air clears itself perfectly when you listen to extremely polished pieces of the size of "Lawrence" and "Rajaz" and everything becomes simpler. Maybe some CAMEL fans will not rely on what I'm saying in here by setting a counterpoint among a controversy created to distinguish and point out a better CAMEL album apart from this one, but at the time you think of that you have to realize that you will be leaving out important prog ways to a perfect composition and production, and due the circumstances surrounding the band, "Rajaz" happens to be the album that had no need to struggle with all that. I just don't know how far I can go complementing this album, but what I do know is that it'll never be enough. "Rajaz" is that gem lost in the desert, this is the sort of recording that you'll get to consider as top favorite upon your prog rock listing, this is the unforgettable CAMEL époque album, this is "Rajaz".

The Prognaut | 5/5 |


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