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BRIEF NOCTURNES AND DREAMLESS SLEEP

Spock's Beard

 

Symphonic Prog

4.13 | 463 ratings

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Second Life Syndrome
5 stars Honestly, I had never heard a Spock's Beard album. I never knew where to start, or even if I'd like them. So, with that perspective, I decided to give the new album a whirl, even though Spock's Beard has had a major line-up change.

Wow, I am glad I did. Maybe, some long time fans will think I have no idea what I'm saying, if only because this new album pales in comparison with the past. I literally don't know if it does or not. However, my upfront and objective assessment of this album is that it is an immediate classic. Every track is incredible from the musicianship to the production. From the very first track, I could feel the inspiration in the composition; whether we talk about lyrics, instrumental portions, or anything else. And, the new vocalist is grand.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I hear a whole lot of Gentle Giant going on in this album. I hear a little Genesis and King Crimson, but I definitely hear Gentle Giant, especially in "Afterthoughts". I think that right now the stand-out tracks for me are "A Treasure Abandoned" and "Something Very Strange" (and its reprise). These tracks epitomize the tight production, the inspiration, and the camaraderie that can be detected in the entirety of the album. If this instant classic is what Spock's Beard sounds like, then I need to hear more.

Second Life Syndrome | 5/5 |

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