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Spock's Beard


Symphonic Prog

3.35 | 372 ratings

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2 stars After Neal Morse left Spock's Beard I thought that the band was over and done with so naturally I ignored their releases Feel Euphoria and Octane. Then came 2006 and the release of this self-titled album...

Naturally I considered the self-titled album-move to be as a sort of reboot of the band just like the self-titled Genesis album marked the complete transition into a pop territory for Banks/Collins/Rutherford, as if it wasn't obvious enough with the release of Abacab. I remember hearing a brief sample of On A Perfect Day and thinking to myself that this truly sounds like the new Spock's Beard have finally found their direction. Unfortunately, listening to the album I quickly realized how wrong I was.

The album kicks of with the amazing track called On A Perfect Day which is the followed up by another pleasant instrumental entitled Skeletons At The Feast. But once track number three starts the whole release goes downhill from there on. As Far As The Mind Can See was another one of those compositions that I was really looking forward to but, once again, was really disappointed by such a disastrous and disjointed composition. Only the last two parts of that composition have something new and exciting to offer but they don't make up for all the terrible material featured on the rest of this album.

***** star songs: On A Perfect Day (7:47)

**** star songs: Skeletons At The Feast (6:33) Stream Of Unconsciousness (5:23) Rearranged (6:07)

*** star songs: All That's Left (4:45) With Your Kiss (11:46) Sometimes They Stay, Sometimes They Go (4:31) The Slow Crash Landing Man (5:47) Hereafter (5:01) Dreaming In The Age Of Answers (4:49) Here's A Man (3:28) They Know We Know (3:18)

** stars songs: Is This Love (2:51) Wherever You Stand (5:09)

Rune2000 | 2/5 |


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