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3.95 | 662 ratings

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What is it? A laid-back album by Camel. Happy, slow, symphonic, and light-hearted.

Their previous albums were very similar, symphonic, slow, and guitar-driven. Here, Latimer finally stops trying to be David Gilmour and making all songs sound similar to each other. This marks somewhat of an improvement in their music. The main problems though are the patches of boredom in this disc, and the lack of creativity in their songs (some sound very familiar to older songs from them)

The album begins with the title track which shows how the music would be like for their last offering. It fails at being interesting, but succeeds as being a soft symphonic rock epic not below their standards. Simple Pleasures sounds familiar to a superior track from them. A Boy's Life has some interesting moments, but fails at being excellent. Fox hill is good, but suffers from the same problem. The Miller's Tale is another unoriginal song that sounds familiar to an older tune from them. Squiguely Fair is the 2nd strongest track of the album, containing few boring material, and very interesting moments. The last track, however, is what gives this album 3.5 stars: a wonderful, majestic, and anthemic symphonic rocker about a person who jumped off the World Trade Center in 9/11. The emotion heard on this song is too much to describe in words.

For Today stands as my favourite song from Camel. It is even better than Ice.

Hear it, if you are a Camel fan, get this CD and experience the beauty found in that song.

Highlights: Squigely Fair, For Today Let Downs: Not any track in particular. Just random spots of boredom scattered.

My Grade : B/C

Zitro | 3/5 |


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