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Symphonic Prog

3.14 | 716 ratings

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3 stars Excuse me, this is not CAMEL in their former glory, and certainly not worthy of anything over three stars. Although comparison to their previous works may not be fair, it proves that they have the talent to produce top-notch music, as the high ratings (including mine) in those show. The introduction of Sinclair brought about the descent in their quality (although he produces some brilliant bass lines in 'The Sleeper', a three-star song), as shown in 'Rain Dances'. This one takes the biscuit. Thankfully, they returned to form with 'Nude', an excellent addition to any prog collection.

'Breathless' has a nice melody and a relaxing feel, but no real talent is displayed, which is what prog is all about. 'Echoes' is the high point of the album, giving some texture, great drumming and synthesising. Definitely a four/five star track. 'Wing and a Prayer' has one of my sax solos, ever lightened by the flute in the background. These two songs are definitely the high point of the album. 'Down on the Farm' is getting quite annoying, though it has some good jamming with soft flute. Again, some very nice flute and great guitar in 'Starlight Ride'.

Now we get to the filler, or an accidental that found its way onto a CAMEL album. 'Summer Lightning' starts as a poor song, but is acceptable for the surprisingly good guitar solo in the middle to the end. 'You Make Me Smile' is a pop song, and I really don't like it. Other reviews have granted 'The Sleeper with acclaim, but personally I find no positive points at all. 'Rainbow's End' is a brilliant end for the album, with warm piano and very nice vocals. I would say that it makes up the previous three songs.

Prog fans shouldn't rush out to buy this, but if you are a CAMEL-head, this album certainly has some notable tracks and marks CAMEL's ever varying sound. Overall, it is good, but not essential.

ProgHappy | 3/5 |


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