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Symphonic Prog

2.83 | 526 ratings

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2 stars Another round of lineup changes leads to another shift in Camel's sound. The departure of Richard Sinclair halted the jazzy Canterbury dabblings of the previous two albums, whilst Peter Bardens' leaving might have deprived the band of one of the talents who had made their early albums so essential, but at least meant the band could proceed without clashes over musical direction between Latimer and Bardens compromising the recording process.

The arrival of Happy the Man's Kit Watkins on keyboards results in the presence of Eye of the Storm - and if it sounds like a leftover Happy the Man track, that's because it is - but otherwise the album sees Camel continuing its quest for an accessible, commercial style unhindered by Canterbury affectations or qualms from Bardens about the new direction. I wouldn't necessarily mind this if it resulted in a high-quality pop album, but as it is the pop songs on here are rather soulless soft rock affairs with little to recommend them. The closing Ice brings the prog back but doesn't hold a candle to the band's illustrious past, and on the whole the album finds Camel a creatively bankrupt force.

Warthur | 2/5 |


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