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Camel - I Can See Your House From Here CD (album) cover




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2.87 | 618 ratings

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2 stars Deception!

I'm sure this is the weakest Camel album from the 70`s, starting because it has a clear 80`s sound, you know, with lots of poppish passages, and simpler songs. Of course, if we have "Moonmadness", "Mirage" or "The Snow Goose" in our collection, we like Camel, and for that reason we want to know more about them , listen to other albums , because that albums are great, clear example of what progressive rock is, a clear example of complexity and beautiful symphonic music, etc. So I decided to buy this album , and I really expected something better, something more 70`s, I mean, more progressive, more Camel.

But well, sadly, this album is not good, is weak, let me say why. It starts with "Wait", from the first song, we can realize what is the direction of the album, Wait is an extraordinary pop hit, the song is completely pop, maybe we can remind some Styx and Kansas in their poppiest eras , this song was done to sing, not to enjoy the music, simple arrangements and nothing new to offer, so since the first song, we can imagine the next. "Your Love is Stranger than Mine", oh my god, well, nice bass and nothing more, I cant say anything more, I don't know, I don't like it at all, so pop, so simple, so bad. "Eye of the Storm", is a different track, it is instrumental, and it is not so bad, obviously an instrumental song is not commercial, it could be pop, but in this case it doesn't, one of the best points of the album, nice keyboards. "Who we Are", is a boring song, not so bad at all, its very mid tempo, it is like a soft ballad, boring in my opinion. "Survival", nice and simple instrumental song, good to listen to. "Hymn to Her", it has a very promising start, Latimer`s great guitar, remind me of some of their early albums, one of the most complex songs in the album, for me, the second best song, it is good, with some nice vocals and great keyboard atmosphere. "Neon Magic" another pop song at the beginning, then it changes to a bit progressive, not the worst yet! , the most of the time with keyboards and some nice sound, but it is boring too. "Remote Romance", I want to cry, what the hell were in their minds?, this song is completely horrible, I don't like it at all, in fact maybe it could be their worst song ever ( well, if you like pop and not symph Camel, then you will love it), it starts with keyboards and drums, but from the start we can imagine what's next, maybe a song to dance?, or to sing?, or to laugh?, it's funny in some ways, horrible!, the album is about to end, so what is the last song? "Ice": At Last, but, for what?... This is without a doubt the best track of this crappy album, but why this great song is here, maybe it is a waste of their previous works, and they decided to simply put this song in this pop album. Ice is an instrumental song, a very soft sound at the beginning, only guitars and some piano, then it is progressing, Latimer`s great guitar is alive , and progressive rock too, it could be maybe boring for you, after listen to 8 regular songs, you can be tired, but give a chance to Ice, because of this song, I wont give it only 1 star, this album has been one of the biggest disappointments I have had, but anyway, if you want you can get it. After all, I wont recommend it, download "Ice" if you want, because it is great, but the whole album don't.

So , sadly, im going to give it only 2 stars, for fans.

memowakeman | 2/5 |


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