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Spock's Beard


Symphonic Prog

3.77 | 571 ratings

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4 stars 4.5 stars, really, but this deserves to be rounded up!

The first time I listened to this album, I loved the instrumental breaks, but many of the vocal sections sounded out of place. But naw, after a few full spins on my CD player, this is one of my favorite albums of the year. Looking back at the earlier SB albums, it seems that many of my favorite songs tended to relax a bit for the vocal sections. And this is no different. However, listening deeper into the music, I can hear the beauty of it.

I enjoyed most of the previous, self titled album, but here, there is not a single track I don't love. Particularly the keyboards, presumably by Ryo Okumoto (although Dave Meros and John Boegehold are also credited with some keys), are much better, and more out front than on any other Beard album. And this works well for the music. But don't get me wrong, all of the other players are great as well.

Lyrically, the words are as good as Neil Morse used to write, before his egotistical deity commanded Neil to only write words for him. And I prefer Nick D'Virgilio's voice over Morse's nasal, Tom Petty-like sound.

I think I've found my favorite album of the year.

Evolver | 4/5 |


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