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Spock's Beard


Symphonic Prog

3.86 | 665 ratings

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4 stars This album is very accessible to newcomers and that's never a bad thing for any long concept album!

Just before leaving Spock's Beard, Neal Morse managed to write the best album that this band have ever accomplished. One may argue that the record's concept is unoriginal and contains very basic lyrical structures or even that it's actually a mash between The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway and The Who's Tommy, but that's what makes it work so well for me.

Instrumentally Snow might not be as technical as anything that the band had recorded previously but the simpler arrangements definitely enhance the experience of the material especially since any other arrangement would just feel overblown and shallow. There are a few instrumentals here and there but most of the album consists of a stripped down arrangement dominated by acoustic guitars and melodic verse/chorus compositions.

If you found my description of this album interesting then stop hesitating and purchase this excellent album. If you intend to buy the CD version of this release then I would recommend the 3-CD version since the bonus tracks are really great. Get it even if it's just for the excellent cover of South Side Of The Sky, although I'm sure that if you like the album then you'll find most of this bonus material completely priceless.

***** star songs: Long Time Suffering (6:03) Devil's Got My Throat (7:17) Open The Gates Part 2 (3:02) Wind At My Back (5:12) I Will Go (5:08)

**** star songs: Made Alive/Overture (5:32) Stranger In A Strange Land (4:29) Love Beyond Words (3:24) The 39th Street Blues (I'm Sick) (4:05) Open Wide The Flood Gates (6:14) Solitary Soul (7:33) 2nd Overture (3:47) 4th Of July (3:11) Reflection (2:49) Carie (3:06) Looking For Answers (5:17) Freak Boy (2:12) All Is Vanity (4:35) I'm Dying (5:09) Freak Boy Part 2 (3:01) Devil's Got My Throat Revisited (1:55) Snow's Night Out (2:04) Ladies And Gentleman Mr. Ryo Okumoto (2:40) Made Alive/Wind At My (8:27)

*** star songs: Welcome To NYC (3:32) I'm The Guy (4:48)

Total Rating: 4,16

Rune2000 | 4/5 |


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