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Peter Bardens


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2.78 | 17 ratings

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Water Colours is one of Peter Bardens better solo albums and also one of his more progressive ones. In my opinion, only Seen One Earth is up to par with this one. But while that 1987 album was more towards (Prog related) electronic music territory reminding of Vangelis and Larry Fast's Synergy, this 1991 release has a bit more of a New Age-feel. But don't let my use of that label scare you off, this is by no means pure relaxation. This is rather a mainly instrumental, keyboard-driven Rock album with a couple of Alan Parsons Project-like vocal numbers thrown in for good measure. Fans of that band as well as of Mike Oldfield might want to sit up and take note. There is some very tasteful lead guitar on several tracks. Anyone coming to this album expecting anything like a lost Camel classic is, however, bound to be disappointed (even if post-Bardens Camel albums like The Single Factor and Stationary Traveller might give you some vague hints).

I have the greatest respect for Peter Bardens for his brilliant contributions to one of my all-time favourite bands, but his solo career has generally been a disappointment for me. If you want to discover what Bardens achieved on his own after he left Camel, Water Colours and Seen One Earth are the best places to start.

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