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Neal Morse


Symphonic Prog

4.19 | 601 ratings

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Il Volo
4 stars Wow! I'm amazed!

I could not believe what I heard when I heard the "?"... It's amazing how Neal managed to finish two goals at once: achieve your best time with the love of Christ and still maintain a superior quality with Progressive Rock. For this being my first review, I'll start by saying that whenever I give my opinion on the album describe the tracks and give my note, as does my colleague Zitro (by the way, I love your reviews) ...

The album begins with "The Temple of The Living God," a bombastic opening introduced by the melodious guitar Stolt disrupted by beautiful keyboard tricks between Morse and Ruddress interesting ... until I break it down into three phases - a lovely part, a magic show and a letter sung heavily ... then comes "Another World", a ballad quite unselfish, with a letter describing a procession and a song in much the same way ... In "The Outsider", the ballad is even slower and more exciting ... And, finally, comes one of the best parts in my opinion, "Sweet Elation" - which also is a nice bridge between the previous track and later, "In The Fire" ... Ahh, this is explosive , a wonderful chorus and that makes you want to jump for real - beautiful divisions between the crazy Alan Morse and virtuous Rudress ... Through a line of hard-rock, they revert to "Solid as the Sun, and ballad heavy and filled with metal riffs combined with guitars, a beautiful bed of mellotrons and a good sax solo, ending with the force of "burn it in the fireee!" and enter "The Glory of The Lord", fully symphonic, with beautiful rooms and harmonic setting the entry for "Outside Looking In" ... From there, the last four pieces are equipped with a speed moderate and some counterpoints to the latest parts... Portnoy maintained the energy and magnificence on drums ... All the musicians are very authentic and enriched this beautiful work ...

I give 4 stars, because, no album of Neal, or Spock's and Transatlatic are able to be an epic, no matter how good they are...But the form of a concept album and the energy transmitted add value to it ...

Il Volo | 4/5 |


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