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kev rowland
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3 stars This is the second album from Tim, following on from 'Transformation' which came out in 2005. Originally this project started out as a concept album based on the life of Charles Lindbergh, but eventually strayed from that original vision to be more all encompassing. Tim provides all keyboards, many of the guitars and most of the vocals while Mark Dean has also had a massive input into this album as he did with the last. David Ragsdale also makes a return appearance, providing violin where required. Overall this is a very interesting album, with some great musicianship throughout ? comment also needs to be passed regarding the production which is superb and really makes the listener feel that they are in the middle of the band.

The booklet is very basic, but to make up for it the listener can go to the website and uncover information regarding every song from Tim himself which makes it all very personal (and if you haven't purchased the CD yet then it is possible to also play tracks at this page as well). This is a really solid album with lots going for it, but I do feel that there are times when it loses its' way a little, and that is probably because this isn't a group album ? but rather a multi-instrumentalist with additional hired hands. To me this album is at its' finest when Tim allows himself to remove all restraints and provide some blistering keyboard runs and interplay. He has great confidence in his touch and ability, and this really comes through with the delicate piano on album closer "The Corners" which moves through swathes of orchestration to something that is both powerful and poignant.

It is an album that I enjoyed playing, and I am sure that while it is not totally essential many progheads will feel the same and I urge you to check out the website and give it a try.

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Posted Saturday, August 25, 2012 | Review Permalink
Errors & Omissions Team
4 stars Tim Morse is a solo keyboardist known as the member of the Yes cover band Parallels. He is also the author of two prog related books. And before you ask yourself, no, he has no relation with Neal Morse. Faithscience (2012) is the musician's second album. It's the follow up to Transformation (2005) and it was released last year by AEP Records.

Tim spent 2 years writing and recording the album. In fact, Faithscience (2012) started off as a conceptual album about Charles Lindbergh (a pilot that managed to make the first solo crossing over the Atlantic), but in the end Tim decided to write about more topics and the concept drifted away.

Tim Morse's music is based on the traditional Symphonic Prog, but the one born in the 90's with bands like The Flower Kings and Spock's Beard. In fact, his vocals remind a lot Roine Stolt, but they're far from being a copy.

Faithscience (2012) has an impressive and extensive list of guest musicians such as David Ragsdale (violin - Kansas), Jerry Jennings, Mark Dean and Moss Hudson (guitars), Gordon Stizzo (drums), Jim Diaz & Sean McMillin (bass), Timothy Stanley (cello) and many more. The album is a brilliant mix of keyboard driven Prog with lots of amazing guitars moments (especially by Mark Dean) and tracks that make you think and shake your head. It's quite amazing that Tim has been in a cover band for some time but his own music doesn't sound like Yes at all. That's quite a good job of him.

'Descent' and 'Voyager' open the album giving quite a great first impression. 'Closer' then follows and it is one of the most interesting songs, no doubt. 'Window' changes the pace of the album to a little acoustic piece of music, so Tim can follow with 'Numb' with the acoustic feeling and can also add some cello.

The middle of the album presents 'Myth' and 'Found It', the weakest tracks on Faithscience (2012). 'Rome' comes back to the good Tim Morse's sound. To conclude, we have the final trio with the amazing 'The Last Wave', the beautiful acoustic ballad 'Afterworld' and the wonderful final bit of piano and voices of 'The Corners'.

Faithscience (2012) is one of the most interesting albums released last year! It has everything that a good prog fan would like to hear and a bit more. If you don't know Tim Morse yet? it's high time!

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Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2013 | Review Permalink
3 stars 3.5 stars for sure

Tim's second album named Faithscience was on market after 7 years from the debut in 2012, but worth the wait, because this second offer is as good as the debut. All pieces are more then ok, imagine a combination of Spock's Beard with The Flower Kings, that symphonic prog that might be intresting to listners. Complicated arrangements with excellent musicianship, elaborated arrangemnts, intresting keyboards and nice guitar parts, as muct sound this type of music. All pieces stands as great, not a weak moment here, there are 2 pieces over 9 min that I think are the best from here or maybe little more intresting then the rest. Musicicnship is great, lots of invited guests Tim's helping hand, they done all a great job in the end. So, both albums worth investigated, he is little known in prog circles and I think must be praised more Faithscience needed for sure 3.5 stars, a good one from start to finish, great art work aswell.

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Posted Friday, August 4, 2017 | Review Permalink

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