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Spock's Beard


Symphonic Prog

3.68 | 529 ratings

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4 stars A good follow up to their debut masterpiece "The Light". Although this is strong progressive music too, this album doesn't, unfortunately, reach the same high standard as the debut album from 1995. Still there are those wonderful advanced vocal harmonies, interesting complex arrangements and good songwriting, but this album is almost too pop oriented. The title track is another reason why this album isn't getting a higher rating. There are some great moments on this CD though. One of the highlights being the GENTLE GIANT influenced "Thoughts". I know it's partly a carbon copy of the GENTLE GIANT song "Knots" from the "Octopus" album from 1973, but "Knots" are a good song and so are "Thoughts". I know that maybe I'm to kind on this point, but I think that maybe this was a knowingly move from SPOCK'S BEARD, like a homage to their influences. As I'm a big fan of GENTLE GIANT, one thing I like about SPOCK'S BEARD is their similarity to them. But beside this similarity they also got a lot of their own unique style and originality, and that is maybe a presumption to their obvious success among the fans of progressive rock. "The Doorway" is another great track. Besides the GENTLE GIANT influences there's also influences from YES, GENESIS, BEATLES, LED ZEPPELIN, JETHRO TULL, KANSAS, PINK FLOYD and EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER. As on their previous album there's a lot of Mellotron on this album as well, and to me it's fantastic. The Mellotron really fits in with this music. This isn't as perfect as their first album, but it's still a SPOCK'S BEARD CD that's worth a chance. But if you haven't got their debut album "The Light", I suggest that you get that one first.
Greger | 4/5 |


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