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Tom Ozric
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3 stars As you all have figured out by now, most of the great Progressive groups of the 70's gave way to a more streamlined, accessible formula in the 80's. This is where many a decent album has been viewed in the wrong light and shunned in ignorance. Surely, regarding 'The Single Factor', the emphasis is not on hanging on to past glories, but creating something worthy of artistic merit, whilst pandering to record companies' whims. This is possibly not a conscious move, but a decision to survive in a business which has fast become 'plasticised'. By now, Camel is down to only longtime member Andy Latimer, joined by many session players (particularly some from Alan Parsons Project) and various guests, including former keyboardist Peter Bardens, who contributes one heck of a solo (mini- moog) in Sasquatch. Other great musicians include drummer extraordinaire Simon Phillips, Ant Phillips (no relation!), Dave Mattacks, Francis Monkman, Duncan Mackay and so on. The result is an easy-to-listen-to set of songs, some poppish, some more involved, but executed perfectly and, at times, passionately. Highlights include : Heroes (superb track, well composed, great vocals), the beautiful instrumental 'Selva' (sounds like something lifted off an Ant Phillips 'Private Parts & Pieces' album), the dynamic, fast paced instrumental 'Sasquatch', 'Camelogue' (kind of MOR but really hits the spot) and another little instrumental 'End Peace'. Of the other tracks, they all do have something to offer, but generally marred by catchy choruses. Oh, and the verse sections of 'You Are The One' are quite Floydian IMO. Overall, a good 3 and a half stars for this release.
Tom Ozric | 3/5 |


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