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Spock's Beard


Symphonic Prog

4.14 | 810 ratings

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4 stars In the Morse era of Spock's Beard, as they progressed I think they improved their sound culminating in their best album in "Snow". This particular album is bookended with two of their best epics, the very catchy "At The End Of The Day" and what I think is their best epic ever, "The Great Nothing". At over 27 minutes, it's never boring or meandering. It has a melody theme that pops up throughout the song, played softly or loud. It's ultra catchy in that good ole' US prog style way. The one thing about the Beard's, they're never overtly complicated prog-wise. The play their instruments well, they have catchy choruses and melodies, and they are super professional. The only thing about them that gets under my skin is that they must always have one or two songs that are flat out boring, (other then their first album which has a 'trying to hard to be prog' sound to it). "All On A Sunday" is their attempt at a single, and "Goodbye To Yesterday" is the ballad. Each somewhat drags down the enthusiastic nature of the album whole. I mean come on, when you can pull Gentle Giant-like harmonies and beats in basic prog songs, (see "Thoughts Part II") why must you throw in clunkers. But hey, I'm not the artists. To each their own, right? If your a fan of the band, this one is probably way up there. For those who would like to start out, this is the place. And for those who like their prog more complex, stay away. In fact, stay away from any Spock's Beard album if you're looking for complexity. They have a simple style, kinda polished, kinda mainstraem at times, but always professionally played. And damned if that's not such a bad thing.
NJprogfan | 4/5 |


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