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Neal Morse


Symphonic Prog

4.11 | 455 ratings

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1 stars Horrible.

One thing about music that will never cease to disgust me is acceptance and complacency. Artists/groups who find themselves in a niche, and refuse to show any signs of innovation or creativity. My only other one star review thus far is Sleepytime gorilla museums "... Of Natural history", and besides that one being completely immature and embarrassing, I can semi respect the group for being completely unique,and for their refusal to obey the groundwork set before them by other prog groups. Mr. Morse however has done nothing to even be considered original, or dare I say progressive.

His music is made of typical and IMO pretentious prog song structures. Most of the songs being around or over the ten minute mark, and have multiple parts, with their own separate names... kind of like Yes' Close to the edge. Not surprisingly the music is overly fluffy, with a very uninspired guitar or keyboard solo to segue into each new theme.To top it off, Mike Portnoy, one of my least favorite underground music super stars is behind the kit, gladly showing off with a forced fill at every chance he can get.

I've grown up in a liberal, yet very christian house hold. I go to Church nearly every Sunday, and I even played in a worship group for quite some time. In doing that I've realised how much I detest christian music, and how utterly mindless it is. I understand that it's a genre meant to be completely lacking in technicality, and is supposed o draw attention away from the singer and to the lyrics. The problem is, is that the lyrics NEVER fail to be anything short of boring and incredibly corny. I cant stand them at all, and the fact that they follow conventional structure makes me cringe more. Neal Morse applies these lyrics to his overly pompous work, proving his lack of the ability to not only come up with semi original music, but original lyrics.

Boring, pretentious, and utterly gross in my opinion. There is nothing here that makes me feel the way I did when I first got into Yes or Genesis. Go ahead and flame my metal, but to compare a band like Cult of Luna or Agalloch who constantly reinvent themselves with every release to a stagnant group like this is just foolish.

Dim | 1/5 |


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