Camel
Mirage


5.0
classic

Review

by DrEpic4181 USER (12 Reviews)
February 28th, 2012 | 20 replies | 2,114 views


Release Date: 1974 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 'Brevity is the soul of wit'

9 of 9 thought this review was well written

I hate movies like transformers and avatar. Would you like to know why? Probably not, but I'll divulge my opinions.

Its because of every shot in the whole film. There are millions of composite effects shots, and hundreds of explosions and bullets, and the before you know it, the whole screen is cluttered with sh*t that doesn't enhance the film at all. And these movies, stripped down to their core, are composed of little more than piles of camel dung for a plot and my dogs rectum for acting. Music today, and in some ways, music since the 80's in general, faces a similar problem, but it is easier to explain using the example of film and the colorful metaphor of animal anus. Pick a song that is on the charts today – and there is a solid chance it is comparable to the films I mentioned. In what way? Well, that will be the apex of this Camel review.

You see, unlike many songs across many genres, Camel really took the old Shakespeare line to heart. “Brevity is the soul of wit”. Basically, this means, keeping things simple makes things conversely more complex. This particular Camel album, 'Mirage', doesn't fill your brain with meaningless noises or hundreds of sounds that mean nothing. The songs found on this album are truly progressive – they represent the best musicians in the trade playing complex, yet subtle melodies and rhythms. The primary focus of the short movie and subsequent music rant was to bring to your attention the artistic integrity and simplistic genius of the album – and for the record, this is as good as music can get. There is no garbage cluttering this album. Like an elite 30 or 40 albums – the album was made with a clear vision in mind and executed as well as art can possibly be. It, simply, is the personification of the human condition – to produce and record an album that sounds, and more importantly, feels like an emotion from our own human selves.

Every moment of every song of 'Mirage' is to be treasured, and every note is perfectly placed. The album is composed of two epics, but the seamless track flow, unifying theme, and harmonious sound all make the album feel like a Lord Of the Rings type, sum-of-their-parts type whole. Which is ironic, because almost all of the lyrics on this album are about the Lord of the Rings. But I digress, 'Mirage' flows from the rocking opener 'Freefall' to beautiful instrumentals such as 'Earthrise' and back again in every direction. The, 'effects', we'll call them, are created by flutes, symphonies, keyboards, guitars, drums, reverbs, overtones and feedback. The album showcases an uncanny ability for melody, in which songs with no lyrics or words to them will have you creating stories in your own mind to fit the mood.

It's an album for playing with your friends. It's an album for playing in music theory class. It's an album to smoke weed to. It's an album that inspires poetry. It's an album to sit alone in your room with a slick pair of Beats and contemplate. It's an album for cranking your Honda Civic's volume to 11 and jamming out to as you speed by the police stations.

But above all, it's an amazing album.



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DrEpic4181
February 27th 2012



145 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah, i think this is my last review here, im no writer. I was just bored. great album though. I started writing this about 25 minutes ago, so go easy haha...

DrEpic4181
February 27th 2012



145 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah, not a fan. I'm pretty sure that plot was contrived in like, maybe 20 minutes.

IMZA1793
February 27th 2012



843 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nice review. Just got into this guys last week (had an old prog spree) and this album is amazing even though i still like crimson's and yes classics more.

CaptainDooRight
February 27th 2012



28844 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

awesome album

Lunarfall
February 28th 2012



3179 Comments


there was a time about a year ago when i couldnt stop listening to freefall

great album

CaptainDooRight
February 28th 2012



28844 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah tom petty rules

profoundword
February 28th 2012



239 Comments


Well I haven't heard this, and the review doesn't give me much to go on... but it was fun to read, pos

profoundword
February 28th 2012



239 Comments


Oh and I cbf with those movies either

KILL
February 28th 2012



71454 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

best album ever made

Digging: Invisible - El jardin de los presentes

sniper
February 28th 2012



19048 Comments


had this been the only review for this i would neg it for not being descriptive of the music at all, and spending half the length talking about music unrelated to this or things unrelated to music. but since the entire review is unnecessary i'll just leave it. still think it's not a very good review though. might check this out based on just the ratings and the three 5 reviews.

Tyrael
February 28th 2012



20824 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Sniper01, been a member of sputnik since '08

still hasn't heard camel

Ire
February 28th 2012



41754 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

tsk tsk

DeadBeat
February 28th 2012



529 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Best album of all time

Fuck yeah pos

DrEpic4181
February 28th 2012



145 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I love king crimson, yes is awesome but i dont listen to them much. All the albums i recomended are great prog albums as well.

johnnydeking29
February 28th 2012



9016 Comments


Great review, pos

Digging: Envy - A Dead Sinking Story

DrEpic4181
February 28th 2012



145 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

positive feedback? i may have to write another review....

GodL1ke
February 28th 2012



804 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

best camel

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
February 28th 2012



20428 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

One of the best albums ever. Good review, have a pos.

KILL
February 28th 2012



71454 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

agreed 100 pages

ViperAces
October 8th 2012



12406 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"Which is ironic, because almost all of the lyrics on this album are about the Lord of the Rings."
Well, 33% percent of the lyrics are.



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