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3.95 | 781 ratings

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4 stars The phoenix rises out of the sand...

The 14th studio album from Camel, dedicated to influential former keyboardist Peter Bardens who sadly passed away shortly before it was recorded.

The Good: Whilst I'm a big fan of Camel, nothing else they have done has matched the consistent excellence of 1974's Mirage. That is until now.

After plodding around the desert for nearly 30 years the band released A Nod and a Wink and it has quickly become a personal favourite of mine. In comparison to their previous outing Rajaz, this album differs both in lineup and style. Whereas Rajaz felt a little one dimensional at times, the tracks found here offer more variation and exploration whilst retaining the same remedial sound. As a result the album is a perfect blend between relaxing and engaging and the strength of the compositions rival those of Camel in their prime. Every song is a winner but for me the quirky Fox Hill is the best of an excellent bunch.

The Bad: Some of the longer tracks could easily be cut down without sacrificing content.

The Verdict: A true return to form.

Starhammer | 4/5 |


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