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BEWARE OF DARKNESS

Spock's Beard

 

Symphonic Prog

3.63 | 370 ratings

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wbiphoto
3 stars After reading Teaflax's review of this album, I figured I'd ditto some of what he/she said. After all, my sentiments are echoed to a fault on that review.

I will quote one line in particular that is VERY POWERFUL and perfectly depicts the Beard's music:

"So, a warning to any reader who has yet to hear SB; please be aware that despite the hype and hyperbole, this is only partially Prog"

Truer words have not been spoken!

Spock's Beard certainly offers prog and loads of it; BUT, it's all wrapped in a Beatlelesque package that makes the proggy part completely forgetable; however good that part may be.

Morse's attempts at sounding like John Lennon on the White Album is what I most dislike about SB. His growling and screaming are pointless, absurd and blatantly plagiarizes Lennon to the nth degree. In fact, if it weren't for Morse's growls and screams I'd probably tolerate the poppier side of the Beard's music.

I REALLY want to like Spock's Beard, but find it very difficult to do so because of Morse's pop leanings and fictitious vocals. He comes across as MUCH less than sincere. He overpowers and controls the music in too many ways and constantly gets in the way of the intrumental passages; which are typically VERY good.

I hesitate to recommend this, or any other SB album to a TRUE prog fan because they will most likely end up as disappointed as I am.

I'm tempted to give this CD two stars but I won't because the musicianship is EXCELLENT throughout the recording.

wbiphoto | 3/5 |

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