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4 stars "Mirage" is a good album, which contains two great songs backed up by three good songs.

"Lady Fantasy" is a long, fluctuating song (which can be heard here) with very mellow, moving sections that usually are followed by more harder, louder sections in which mainly Latimer's excellent guitar playing is present, supported by decent bass and drums and nice keyboard play. Latimer's voice is a bit blank, but very charming and he reminds me of Knopfler from the Dire Straits who has a similar playing style and voice.

"Nimrodel/The Procession/White Rider" which starts with an intriguing tune and then is followed by some marching band intro. Then the band comes in, with the guitar playing the main theme which later is sung by Latimer too. I have the idea this is a song about Gandalf from Lord of the Rings, who is the White Rider who first wore grey - it might be possible as Camel drew inspiration from books later. This main theme is followed by Latimer on flutes, followed by a short guitar piece and then immediately goes to a completely different tune without sounding odd in any way. This other tune is faster, more rocking and contains yet another solo by Latimer (or Bardens on keys, I'm not sure - it actually is more probable that it's Bardens). This song is similar to Lady Fantasy in structure, switching from more rocky to more ballad-like songs, but has a far darker atmosphere and the main themes are completely different.

If you can get the CD with bonus tracks, I advise you to do so as the bonus version of Lady Fantasy is, especially in the start, far better.

Rosescar | 4/5 |


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