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3.96 | 742 ratings

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5 stars Very rarely a new release by a veteran band becomes a favourite album of that band but this did it instantly - and according to its ratings everyone seems to like it. It really might be THE most enjoyable, since usually every Camel has something less interesting. (I borrowed Rajaz too, that's also a good album but for those who seek mature, pastoral beauty in Camel, this is the one.) Lots of flutes, mostly quite peaceful, acoustically oriented sound and enough progressivity too. The longest title track is a perfect opener and the rest keeps that high standard.

A small minus for me is the tongue-in-cheek dialectic singing in 'Fox Hill'. Apart from that I think Andy Latimer has never before sung better than on this sensitive album. One of my favourite Camel tracks has long been instrumental 'Ice' (-79) but it has a strong competitor in as atmospheric 'For Today' - with a similar moog? solo - which also lyrically moves the listener. "Always live for today." - Looking back the 30 years of Camel, Latimer dedicated this album to the late Peter Bardens. Most likely pleases old Camel fans but frankly, this could please ANY music lover who doesn't feel at home with today's rock trends. There's still makers and listeners of music from the heart in this crazy world! Beautiful cover art fits the music perfectly.

Matti | 5/5 |


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