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ONE

Neal Morse

 

Symphonic Prog

4.10 | 355 ratings

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Marcos
4 stars Between the spirit and the flesh

I love this album. I knew Neal Morse's music with this work. I'm a Christian, then I was glad when I discovered "One". And, then, I'm "between the spirit and the flesh" when I write these lines. But I'll try to be objective about this Morse's piece.

The lirycs tell us the world's creation, the separation between men and God, and the God's plan for the reunion.

(1) "The Creation": this epic piece has a lot of 'colours': maybe we can say it has "pomp and circunstance".*****

(2) "The man's gone": an unadorned song. Beautiful acoustic guitars, vocals arrangement and percussion.***

(3) "Author of confussion": great track. The 'virtuous' musicians show their skills. Then, the superb vocal section appears. This section makes a semantic reinforcement of the song's idea: 'CONFUSION'. The resource was used in an excellent way. The song follows...*****

(4) "The separated man": the second 'epic' section in this album. Here, in the first movement some pop elements appear. However, the emotional tinge makes this part interesting. From 2nd movement to the end, the work becames eclectic and varying.****

(5) "Cradle to the Grave": again, we have an unadornated song. Again, pop's sounds says "Hello!". But, pay attention! this isn't a bad song!***

(6) "Help me/The Spirit and the Flesh": 1st movement: a crucial stage in men's life: "help me, I've fallen". As regards the music: a great "5/8-6/8 pendulum" in the 'leit motiv' and a nice guitar solo are outstanding. 2nd movement: emotional section. I'm almost in tears when this song sounds.****

(7) "Father of forgiveness": I follow in the same emotional condition... Beyond this, the song is another prog-pop ballad.***

(8) "Reunion": at the beginning... a happy song! In the middle, the song 'reminds' some 'motivs' from "The Creation". Then, a nice coda finishes the album with phrases like "make us one" and "one heart, one voice, one love, one spirit".****

Music: maybe this album migth be a 4.5 stars album, but the pop's influences reduce the rate. Lirycs: this album is a great summary of God's plan for men.

Let's reach up to the Father... in Jesus Christ!

Average rate: 3.875 stars

Marcos | 4/5 |

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