Pop rock , progressive rock. Nude The Single Factor Unfortunately, the record fails to capture the magic presented by the band in its early days. The title refers to Andrew Latimer being the sole remaining member of the original classic line-up, but even with that in mind, it cannot be considered a piece worth more than average. The particular elements that are present on the album are the heavy use of synthesizers and the addition of more vocals.
It is recognisable that the band has abandonded their progressive compositions. There are some good solos by Latimer, but the vocals are not significant the band has never been known for having members with abilities to sing good, mainly because, they focus on making melodic creations instead of rock songs with lead singing.
Nevertheless, the album has some pretty good songs as well. Three to four pieces that are astonishing. Don't get me wrong. I love Camel, but this has to be their weakest album. The electric guitars are very good with their often clean distortion-free sounds. So this record is keyboards and electric guitar oriented, in a simple, sentimental an accessible way. But it took me a long, long time to appreciate "The Single Factor", and even now it remains my least favorite album from their catalog.
If you're one of those CAMEL fans still holding a torch for the progressive music of their past, then pass on this. I am not sure if the title is a reference to the generally more commercial nature of the tracks here, but it is certainly appropriate. While there is nothing which immediately comes across as having the potential to be a huge hit single, the tracks are virtually all short and direct.
This was the first album without drummer Andy Ward who according to the sleeve- notes had suffered a serious injury to his hand. He had of course previously suffered at the hands of drink and drugs, especially around the time of the "Nude" album. This meant that of the original band members, only Andy Latimer remained. On the plus side, the appearance of David Paton and Chris Rainbow on vocals instantly addresses the weary criticism which Camel have always suffered in that department.
Paton's delivery on tracks such as the emotive "Heroes", one of the album's highlights, is superb. Latimer's partner Susan Hoover provides the bulk of the lyrics for the album, with only the first two tracks and the very brief "Lullabye" featuring Latimer's own words.
Latimer does not surrender vocal duties completely by any means though, the opening "No easy answer" being a pop structured song with his lead vocal, and accompanying la las by Rainbow and Paton. The following "You are the one" initially sounds like it is to be a bluesy dirge until the lightweight upbeat chorus bursts in, sounding as out of place as a prog song in the Eurovision song contest.
The aforementioned "Heroes" starts with an instrumental which sounds for all the world like it has been lifted straight from "The Snowgoose". It really is a beautiful piece, which understandably could easily be mistaken for the aforementioned APP. The song is followed by an emotional lead guitar instrumental "Selva" where Latimer's fine Gilmouresque lead guitar work is backed by the classical guitar of Anthony Phillips and the synthesiser of Duncan MacKay.
We return to more pop based territory for the surprisingly rock based "Manic", one of the heaviest songs Camel have ever recorded. The following "Today's goodbye", while on the face of it telling the tale of a romantic break up, may well also relate to the difficulties within the band.
Ironically, there's a "Local hero" film feel to Andy Latimer's guitar work here, Anthony Phillips' keyboard landscapes providing the perfect backdrop for this emotionally charged performance. While there are undoubtedly some worryingly commercial aspects to some of the songs, scratch the surface a bit further and there is actually a significant proportion of quality material. The problem, if there is one, is that the album is inconsistent.
Worth exploring for fans of the band though. Camel did not sound great in those days. This album is not worse than "I Can See Very little inspiration throughout this album although some songs have catchy melodies. The track I prefer is the instrumental "Selva" : a typical Camel song : full of emotion and beauty. Latimer's guitar sound is great. Although it is shorter in lenght, this one reminds me the grandeur from "Ice".
It's a pity they did not expand it more. Very good song. Early , the inevitable came to be. Unable to stop abusing alcohol, Ward could not continue with Camel. Nearly 13 years to the day he had joined Ferguson and Latimer, Andy Ward formally left the band and never performed with them again. Two stars. Musically this album is not much different with any album of The Alan Parsons Project but the recording quality which I think it's inferior, even against any previous albums of Camel.
I actually don't understand it as this was recorded at Abbey Road Studio. The first two opening tracks are really light music and they can be categorized as pop rock music with no special things that need to be mentioned. They're just straight pop rock songs. But when it reaches track 3 "Heroes" there is something nice that I can enjoy. The song itself is a mellow one but it has a strong melody. It sounds like a combination of both styles: The Alan Parsons Project and classic style of Camel music.
The following "Selva" is also a good one, followed with a short bridge "Lullabye" which brings to attractive "Sasquatch" I purchased this CD was to complete my collection of Camel albums just to trace back how the band's music has evolved over time. I do not intend to give any conclusion on whether or not you should own the CD if you do not collect Camel music.
Musically, this is a good album even though it has some mediocre tracks. Keep on proggin'..! To give Camel the credit they deserve but do not always receive, that they were still a going concern in is miraculous in and of itself. Their albums were still striking the mid ranges of the top British charts, in the company of bands that were mostly in diapers when the group's debut appeared.
So in essence Camel were already elder statesman by this time, albeit largely ignored by anyone but their still sizable faithful fans. The presence of various Alan Parsons project personnel gives this one some commercial credibility, especially on "Heroes" which could easily pass for a good APP song. There are some overly mellow tracks here and there but still reminiscent of passages from "Nude" and the "Snow Goose", but "Camelogue" is a great autobiographical tune with some creative Latimer licks.
It is decidedly light fare and not to the tastes of many on this list, but "Single Factor" represents another facet of Camel, a diversion if you will, tried on for size but ultimately rejected by both a newer audience and the band. Thursday 14 November Friday 15 November Saturday 16 November Sunday 17 November Monday 18 November Tuesday 19 November Wednesday 20 November Thursday 21 November Friday 22 November Saturday 23 November Sunday 24 November Monday 25 November Tuesday 26 November Wednesday 27 November Thursday 28 November Friday 29 November Saturday 30 November Sunday 1 December Monday 2 December Tuesday 3 December Wednesday 4 December Thursday 5 December Friday 6 December Saturday 7 December Sunday 8 December Monday 9 December Tuesday 10 December Wednesday 11 December Thursday 12 December Friday 13 December Saturday 14 December Sunday 15 December Monday 16 December Tuesday 17 December Wednesday 18 December Thursday 19 December Friday 20 December Saturday 21 December Sunday 22 December Monday 23 December Tuesday 24 December Wednesday 25 December Thursday 26 DecemberAscolta Sasquatch di Camel da Prog Rocks!: Volume 4. Deezer: musica in streaming gratuita. Scopri più di 56 milioni di brani, crea le tue playlist e condividi i tuoi brani preferiti con i tuoi amici.