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4 stars "Nude" was a relief after records like "Breathless", "I Can See..." and "Single Factor" which are the three worst records in Camel's excellent discography. "Nude" is definately in my top five favourite Camel records though I know it's been overlooked all through these years (even among Camel's fans!.) Some reviewers say "Nude" is AOR. Well, I don't agree. In my opinion only the first three tracks ("City Life", "Lies" and the excellent song "Drafted") could be defined as something like AOR, the rest is Camel at its best, which means prog rock at its best. In this album (mainly instrumental) there's a perfect balance between guitar and keyboards (the old Camel trademark) which I miss in their following records, too much guitar oriented (maybe with the exception of "Harbour of Tears"). I can't help thinking how good "Nude" would have been had Bardens played in it!!! (though Schelhass and Mackay do a great job here.) Highlights? Well, most of the album, to be honest, but I strongly recommend a close listening to "Drafted", "Docks", "Beached", "Landscapes", "Reflections", "Captured" and the last song "The Last Farewell" with one of Latimer's most beautiful guitar solos (short but great!.) Just a little thing before I finish: in a song called "Lies" Latimer plays, for the first time, a guitar solo which sounds as if David Gilmour was in the studio instead of him. This is something that Latimer repeated in Camel's following records and which I find completely unnecessary (though I love Gilmour's guitar playing as well). Anyway, "Nude" stands as the last Camel classic record, the following ones being very irregular.
DACE | 4/5 |


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