I noticed the other day while scanning through a song per album by Camel that The Single Factor seems to be a very different album from the ones prior and later (which is pretty obvious). What I am wondering, though, is how the leap was made to get to the album. It is wedged between two albums that pushed boundaries for the band, yet Single Factor, while not an awful album by any means, seems to break that sequence. Plus, CB doesn't even play the bass on that one album, yet he returns after that one. Am I the only one who seems to get this feeling about The Single Factor?
What do you call an alligator in a vest? An investigator.
I believe the band was contractually pushed by the record company to make this album. This was quite demotivating so they decided to create an album like how the record company seemed to want it, like an album full of "hit singles". As some sort of protest.
Also, Andy (the original drummer) was absent, because of his 'serious hand injury'.