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TESTIMONY 2

Neal Morse

 

Symphonic Prog

4.01 | 465 ratings

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1 stars This is perhaps the corniest album I've ever heard. The problem is that Morse obviously had great lyrical inspiration. These are messages that are very iportant to him and he really wants to express them. Musical inspiration? Whoops, now there's the problem. He's pretty much literally taken his desert island discs plus his own back catalogue, put them in a blender, heated them up till they're nice and tepid and slopped them on a plate. Which isn't to say this is a lazy album, no, there's been effort put into this. But the result is like heated up barf regardless of how much labor has been put in. This is a man with his head up his own ass which the length confirms. One would've thought the point of testifying was to reach a wider audience rather than to retreat inside an increasingly narrow universe. Anybody who is openminded about sprituality will find these lyrical messages laughable and perhaps even almost offensive. As others have said the album is full of "vintage" and "retro" sounds except for me that doesn't warrant 4/5 stars. How one turns in an album which is so long but contains so little invention and be considered one of the best of the year is beyond me and this is exactly the kind of album which makes prog the laughing stock of other musical genres.
Textbook | 1/5 |

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