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3.16 | 819 ratings

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3 stars 2.8/5.0As others reviewers noted, this is a mixbag; lot of great stuff there... but also lot of crap! Some of the great songs: "The Sleeper" (one of the finest songs after Moonmadness album), "Echoes" with great "moonmadness style" rhythm, "Rainbow's End" which is really the end of it all for Bardens and Sinclair... But the rest of the album is not very good, with a pop sound and... really ordinary music.

I would give a lower rating to this album, but I just can't. Even if the music is sadly unimaginative on the majority of the tracks and highly boring, there are some times when there is that reminescent typical Camel sound which creates some highly emotional nostalgia in my brain, like meeting an old girl-friend and remembering the nice time we HAD. "HAD" is the key word here; everything is at past tense; there is no future for Camel with this album; sadly enough, the band that created the two best prog-music albums of all-time in my opinion (The Snow Goose and Moonmadness) is quietly fading in the end and the echoing sound of their decline is overwhelming and can't get compensation by two or three good songs on this album.

If it wasn't for "Echoes" and "The Sleeper", I would have to give between 1 and 2 stars. This is sad. But hey, who said it was fun to review a great band when it becomes an has-been band? 2.8/5.0

belz | 3/5 |


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