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4.06 | 817 ratings

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2 stars The caravan keeps plodding along...

Thirteenth studio album from the veteran symphonic collective.

The Good: It's Camel. It's definitely Camel.

The Bad: Whilst many seasoned prog bands have kept on plugging away over the years, more often than not their output slowly degrades like an diuretic dog that simply refuses to die. However, this album from Camel has a rating rivalling that of releases from their so called classic period, and I was curious to say the least. Was this a return to form nearly twenty years late?

Kind of. They did release a top notch album three years after this, but I found Rajaz itself to be incredibly dissapointing. Despite the only surviving member being Andrew Latimer, the sound is unmistakable, but at the same time highly unoriginal. That wouldn't be so bad if the tunes had character and charm but they're so bland its hard to like them. The whole thing just feels incredibly diluted.

The Verdict: Put your pennies in the bank and come back in 2002.

Starhammer | 2/5 |


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