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4.40 | 2778 ratings

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3 stars This album is an uneven example of CAMEL'S sound. CAMEL were at their best when they did not overreach themselves, turning subtle variations into an art form, but unfortunately in a couple of places on this album they push the music beyond their compositional limits.

'Freefall' and 'Supertwister' are competent tracks, as is 'Earthrise', but the twin highlights for most listeners are the two longer tracks, the 'Nimrodel' and 'Lady Fantasy' suites. Both shine with moments of sheer brilliance, but unfortunately both are marred. 'Nimrodel' suffers from unutterably twee lyrics, while the last part of 'Lady Fantasy' seems tacked on to the rest of the suite. Shame, really; this is very nearly an excellent album.

Fortunately, better was to come. CAMEL are an essential part of the collection of any lover of progressive music, but it is the two albums to follow this one - 'Snow Goose' and Moonmadness', especially the latter - that make them indispensable.

russellk | 3/5 |


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