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Camel - The Single Factor CD (album) cover




Symphonic Prog

2.61 | 445 ratings

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1 stars I just don't get it. The Single Factor is generally considered to be Camel's bid for mainstream, radio-friendly commercial success. Now, I can get the radio-friendly and mainstream angle; these short, poppy tracks are both. But how anyone could have expected tepid, unfashionable soft rock like this to attain commercial success in the New Wave era is absolutely beyond me. Perhaps someone believed there was a market for an unenthusiastic-sounding Andy Latimer singing soft rock ballads for the terminally tasteless, but whoever it was must have failed to look at the pop charts for the five years preceding this release. It's not badly performed, but it's dreadfully badly conceived - Latimer and the record company must both have known that the prog audience would reject this one, but exactly what audience were they trying to win over with it? It's baffling.
Warthur | 1/5 |


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