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Symphonic Prog

3.15 | 732 ratings

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2 stars Breathless is a step up from Rain Dances, but still finds Camel in an awkward transitional state - this time including some truly misguided ventures into disco and funk in the form of Summer Lightning and You Make Me Smile. There's decent instrumental work on some tracks, such as Echoes, but nothing lovers of Camel's earlier albums have heard before, and whilst songs like Down On the Farm recall the lighter, more comedic songs from Richard Sinclair's tenure in Caravan, it's also clearly inferior to them.

On the whole, I'd say the first half of this album is a notch better than Rain Dances, but the second half is just as muddled and confused as its predecessor, if not more so. A shame, because in its better moments the album threatens to become one of those intriguing "missing link" albums between golden age symphonic prog and early neo-prog, but the band don't commit to any one style for long enough to accomplish this.

Warthur | 2/5 |


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