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Neal Morse


Symphonic Prog

4.05 | 460 ratings

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4 stars There is very little I can add to all the wonderfully written and spot-on 5-star reviews - except for the fact that this is not a 5-star album. Not to say it isn't great - it is. But on the same level as In The Court, Selling England, Close to the Edge, Thick as a Brick and Dark Side? I think not.

Rather, it is an exceptional first solo album from someone who has proven himself among the most creative, expressive progressive songwriters currently making music. It is a tour- de-force "concept" album (if conversion is considered a concept...), with superb arrangements and tremendous musicianship all around. It contains equal amounts of prog- pop songs with heart-felt lyrics and deep-prog instrumental sections full of shifting time signatures, symphonic elements, and some of Morse's absolutely best guitar work.

That Morse was able to take his very personal conversion and create such a fantastic album is a testament (...) to just how talented - and, quite literally, "inspired" - he is. As an aside, if "I Am Willing" doesn't make even the most hard-core atheist's spine tingle (if not outright convert them...), then they are already dead.

This is one for the record books: the first true, unarguable Christian prog album. And it has set the bar so high that maybe only God can reach it...

maani | 4/5 |


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