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THE SNOW GOOSE

Camel

 

Symphonic Prog

4.27 | 1574 ratings

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Mr Faust
5 stars A powerful story makes for just as powerful music.

Paul Gallico's short story forms the basis of this adventurous and sublime album, an inspiring conceptual work that retains the emotion feelings of the novella whilst also demonstrating that classical, progressive instrumental music can make for pleasant and rewarding listenings.

The album consists of several suites of music, the orientation introducing the music themes of the characters. The Snowgoose paces itself with short interluding sections that have a distinct melody yet don't indulge into themselves, the music is constantly changing and the transitions are seamless.

The longer tracks are the standout, and it is because they effectively mirror the parts of the story they are telling. "Dunkirk" is a great example as it builds a repeating progression like the character in the storm going back in and out at sea to save more soldiers, then builds to a climax with an almost frightening slide guitar solo.

The musicianship here is first rate, the lack of vocals not hindering it in the slightest, and the writing of both Latimer and Bardens is nothing short of genius, the album is a wonderful adaptation of a great short powerful story.

Mr Faust | 5/5 |

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