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Neal Morse


Symphonic Prog

4.18 | 598 ratings

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5 stars Just about a year ago there was a forum poll about Neal Morse asking readers what they thought of Neal Morse. There were about 5 or 6 answers to choose from and one of them was: he is too religious. I chose that answer but added in the comment post that I nevertheless had the highest respect for him as a musician and mostly as composer. That is indeed how I feel and the best example of his greatness as a composer is this fantastic release called Sola Scriptura.

The reason why this is Morse's magnum opus to me is the wonderful balance between beautiful melodies and energetic approach. Some of his other works tend to become drenched with over religious utterances turning almost into cheesiness. From his point of view I can understand this is happening but personally I have a hard time coping with it. But on Sola Scriptura the "in the clouds" moments are limited and more attention is given to the musical aspect. And combined with highly impressive and energetic playing the whole thing turns into a wonderful piece of musical art.

My favorite piece is The Door but in fact all songs are great if not outstanding maybe with exception of Heaven in my Heart. And even that song isn't bad at all, just less. The rest scores in between 4,75 and 5 stars to me which results in the perfect score. Hats off for mr. Morse !

progrules | 5/5 |


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