Camel's fifth album, released in September 1977, marks a shift in style following the departure of original bassist Doug Ferguson and the arrival of replacement Richard Sinclair (ex-Caravan). Moving away from the long, complex compositions of their preceding classic work 'Moonmadness', the band have produced a lighter, more jazz-oriented sound dominated by Sinclair's distinctive mellow vocals and , for the first time, the saxophone of Mel Collins. Encompassing a wide variety of styles, the tracks vary from the commercial-sounding 'Highways of the Sun' to the full-blown jazz-rock of 'One of These Days I'll Get an Early Night' . Highlights include the excellent 'Unevensong' with its tempo changes and exhilirating ending, the exquisite slow flute piece 'Elke' (Brian Eno on keyboards), and the smooth, romantic 'Tell Me'. As always with Camel, the standard of musicianship is incredibly high and they manage to squeeze more melodies into this one album than most artists can manage in their entire back-catalogue. However 'Rain Dances' does lack some of the emotional power of their earlier (and later) releases, hence the four-star rating. Overall very good but not great.