'Patchy' is probably the best word to describe this follow-up to 'Rain Dances', with which it has much in common. Among Camel fans, this is probably the album about which opinions are most divided, with some loving it, and others loathing it. The second and last studio album to feature the voice and bass-playing of Richard Sinclair, this was made at an unhappy time for the band, with guitarist Andy Latimer and keyboardist Peter Bardens pulling apart rather than working together, and Bardens left the band before the promotional tour. Taking that into account, it is remarkable how upbeat and happy this album sounds! Certainly more 'poppy' in style than previous releases, there are undoubtedly some weak songs here ('Down on the Farm', written by Richard Sinclair, is pretty awful, and 'Wing and a Prayer' is not much better), but the good stuff is very good indeed. I would particularly single out the beautiful title track, 'Echoes', one of Camel's best songs, ‘The Sleeper' which continues the jazz-rock feel of their previous album, and 'Summer Lightning' (although hated by some for its disco-leanings), which features an Andy Latimer guitar solo of sheer melodic brilliance. If you love early 70s Camel, you probably won't like this at all, but if 'Rain Dances' or 'I can See Your House From Here' are more your style, you will find this very enjoyable.