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SHE

Caamora

 

Neo-Prog

3.38 | 62 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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2 stars Too many singers, too many songs

Clive Nolan is a very talented person, both as a songwriter and as a keyboard player. He is also a more than decent singer. This time around he wanted to do a "Rock Opera" and this is indeed close to a genuine Opera. Even if there are also Rock elements like guitars, keyboards and drums, this music is very, very different from Nolan's other bands and projects; Arena, Shadowland, Pendragon, etc. While Caamora is just Clive and Polish singer Agneiszka Swita, they have invited a whole cast for this theatrical affair. In addition to Swita we have lead vocals by three other vocalists including Nolan himself playing the roles of different characters. One of the voices heard is Alan Reed of Pallas fame. We also have three keyboardists, two guitarists and a drummer in addition to a full orchestra! There is really no need to add that this is over- the-top, bombastic and, in my opinion, overblown. There is certainly no lack of talent here; on the contrary, I think that there might be too much of it - there are simply too many people involved.

The material is party strong but with a running time of over two full hours, it becomes a tedious listen. I have listened to the whole thing, but never in one go. I am certain that Nolan could have used the best of this material to make a shorter and more cohesive album and more Rock-based album, but that was not what he wanted to do this time and I respect that. I enjoy some of these songs, but some of them I can hardly stand at all. It often becomes too bombastic for my taste and I wholly loose sight of Rock and see only Opera. I must say that I enjoyed Caamora's EP Walking On Water more than this.

She is possibly Clive Nolan's least interesting musical project ever. I would not call this music progressive in any way. However, it is by no means a poor product, there is indeed much talent involved in it and, like all the things Nolan is involved in, this is a very professional recording. But I can really only recommend it to two groups of people: Clive Nolan fanatics and people with a very special interest in Rock Operas. The rest are bound to find this a bit tedious, overblown and bombastic.

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |

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