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THE SNOW GOOSE

Camel

 

Symphonic Prog

4.26 | 1555 ratings

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Midnight Lightning
5 stars I know there's not much I can say about The Snow Goose that hasn't already been said, but if I were to recommend just one album to anyone anywhere, this very well might be it.

A song is worth 10,000 words. Camel tell the story of the snow goose through music, and they do so beautifully. Lyrics are unnecessary when the music is this expressive. One thing I love about this album is its diversity and dynamics, how they develop a variety of moods. Always with amazingly precise interplay between all the instruments, each musician adding so much, but never anything extraneous. And the album just flows so smoothly from start to finish. Truly, each song is a highlight for me in its own way, contributing just what it needs to in order to make the album more than the sum of its parts, but just to single out a couple:

Rhayader is one of the best 3 minute songs I can think of. That flute, the piano, those drums, the way it's composed, simply put, this song is what I call perfect. Rhayader Goes to Town features an amazingly lyrical guitar solo and superb drumming. The interplay on Fritha between the acoustic guitar and synthesizer is breathtaking. On Dunkirk I can really imagine a war gradually intensifying, just beautiful. Fritha Alone, with its beautiful piano melody, begins by reprising Fritha, but takes it in a sadder direction, similarly to Rhayader Alone and Rhayader. In fact, there are many recurring themes throughout the album, but each time they appear they sound quite different, in a way that to me is very satisfying.

In short, wow. This has been one of my favorite albums for many years, and brings me so much joy time and again. I see this as a masterpiece on so many levels, hence I feel 5 stars are completely deserved.

Midnight Lightning | 5/5 |

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