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Neal Morse


Symphonic Prog

4.18 | 629 ratings

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5 stars It's actually me he's looking for.

I believe in God now and his name is Neal Morse. Top notch musicianship, beautiful melodies, great story, It's all here....Neal Morse has done it again!

Sola Scriptura starts off with THE DOOR-- A masterpiece all by itself. This song includes many moods from fear/madness to epic God praisin' uplifting sections. It begins with an awesome instrumental overture spearheaded by Neal's keyboards and Mike's aggressive drumming. A wonderful descending chord section on piano followed by the motif and musical theme of the album (I love it, probably Morse's best). The song then begins to tell the story of Martin Luther in epic fashion. After the fearful section where one must die in the name of God, the listener is given a platter of uber awesome Christian pop that neatly fits in a progressive rock song. "This is all I asked for..." is what I said when I first heard this song. Every one here already wrote about the Paul Gilbert solo so no need to talk about it (although it is great).

CONFLICT begins with a blistering solo and a metal riff. I honestly thought Layne Staley came back from the dead to record the background vocals for this song. Some guy sounds exactly like Staley. The latin section is quite nice but not as good as the latin section from THE LIGHT.

There is a short song in between which I don't remember the title. I don't listen to it and find it useless...Also, it is too preachy!

THE CONCLUSION is next and its a great closer to this epic masterpiece. Begins with Neal and Mike giving Randy some room for him to work the bass overtime.

overall a 5 out of 5!!!!! One more thing: I find this album isn't preachy and the references to God are part of a story (the story of Martin Luther), so I find it acceptable and accessible by any atheist!

trinidadx13 | 5/5 |


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