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A NOD AND A WINK

Camel

 

Symphonic Prog

3.95 | 670 ratings

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Kingsnake
5 stars This is as essential as they come.

A return to form. Not of the jazzrock-ey of pop-ey sound of the band, but more the symphonic/pastoral sound (Mirage, Snow Goose); long, dynamic songs with extended instrumental passages.

The album has a very nice, nostalgic feel to it, and that's also because the album is dedicated to Peter Bardens. A nice touch is the return of the flute-playing, wich gives the album that seventies symphonic rock-feel.

The keyboards of Guy Leblanc are very tasteful and orchestral of nature. Andy has a sad undertone in his voice (probably because of his health and also because of the passing away of Peter Bardens).

Longtime Camel-bandmember Colin Bass is also present and provides some delicious fretless bass and vocals on Fox Hill.

The drums are played by Denis Clement but on two tracks by Terry Carleton (who?). But that's hardly noticable, their sound and playing is similar.

A Nod and a Wink is less guitar-oriented than Rajaz, less folk-oriented than Harbour of Tears, but as said: more symphonic. I love it and can really recommend it to anyone who lost interest in Camel since Breathless.

Kingsnake | 5/5 |

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