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MOONMADNESS

Camel

 

Symphonic Prog

4.38 | 1502 ratings

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Mr. Mustard
5 stars Moonmadness is the last album with the classic line-up and consequently is the last great Camel album. Nothing much has changed from their previous albums except for the re-addition of vocals from Latimer, and perhaps a more focused, song-based writing style compared to The Snow Goose.

The album opens with the brief 'Aristillus' which has a whirling array of keyboards. This segues into 'Song Within A Song,' which is subdivided into three distinct sections. The first is a down-tempo section with some serene flute playing. The second is based around a riff that alternates between 4/4 and 7/8. The final section is upbeat with gliding keyboards throughout. This is without a doubt my favorite Camel song.

'Chord Change' is an instrumental that is mostly upbeat and has a few sections in 7/8. They do slowdown in the middle for some soulful guitar playing from Latimer.

'Spirit of the Water' is a short gentle piano-dominated track which segues into Another Night, which has a slightly ominous atmosphere conveyed by its awesome melodies. 'Air Born' features some more beautiful flute playing, but the guitar is equally as good. The section that begins midway through is a tad repetitive, but the guitar playing makes this rather spacey.

'The album ends with 'Lunar Sea,' an escapade of spacey keyboard and guitar. Every instrument constitutes greatly to the sound, but I especially like the respective bass line along with the keyboards midway through.

Overall, this is bit of a stronger effort than The Snow Goose, and is right on par with Mirage. I would say this is the perfect place to begin to get into Camel, as it is surely one of the best symphonic prog albums out there.

9/10

Mr. Mustard | 5/5 |

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