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SOLA SCRIPTURA

Neal Morse

 

Symphonic Prog

4.16 | 469 ratings

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SoundsofSeasons
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4 stars An epic concept about a man against the world... a true story

From the beginning, this album starts fast out the gate with extremely provocative and infectious music, and you know the musicianship in this album is going to be fantastic. And how could it not be? Mike Portney, Paul Gilbert, and Neal Morse himself... we've got some outstanding musicians here! There are many style changes and odd time signatures. The music ranges from hard rockin', to soft and subtle, to a gospel choir, and even some Latin influences in track 2 'The Conflict'. The way these are executed are really quite fantastic as well. The hard rock basically represents the corrupt Catholic priests. The soft and subtle parts usually represent Luther speaking with God one on one, in prayer. The gospel parts are when he, or the revived church, is praising God's name. I'd also like to state that this music is not, for lack of a better word, 'preachy' in the slightest. However if you, like me, choose to connect with the words on a more personal level then there may be nothing more touching and lovely to your ears. In fact the words spoke to me on such a spiritual and emotional level that at one point, when Luther exclaims,"God will make a way, he will decide my fate, and whether or not I live or die. I won't take it back! This is the only way. I won't be party to the lie." I felt tears well up in my eye's and roll down my cheek, and trust me, that has never happened to me before.

This album is musically challenging, it contains deep meaningful words, and it is as progressive as you could hope for. Those who wish to hear fantastic, moving, dynamic, and epic music will find that here. However, for those of you who consider yourself Christian or just want to explore must hear this album, for it may very well strike you at the core.

Absoluetly fantastic, and although not the utter perfection that 'One' was, due to the last song loosing steam and repeating past idea's a bit, it is still worthy of a VERY high 4 stars

SoundsofSeasons | 4/5 |

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