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Spock's Beard


Symphonic Prog

4.14 | 805 ratings

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3 stars This is probably the hardest Spock's Beard album to get into because of the two longer tracks but if you're up to the challenge then these two great pieces of Neo-Prog are well worth your time!

Neal Morse has a way of making long compositions work pretty much every time and this time it's unfortunately the shorter songs that feel very out of place between the two epic tracks. I would have preferred to have an album consisting only of the two long tracks, that add up to a whooping running time of 43+ minutes, than this current version of the release. In most case I end up skipping through these four middle tracks since they really don't add much to this album.

In fact when I copied over the CD to my portable player I skipped those tracks entirely and instead added the title-track off the band's debut album - The Light. Although it can't match the sound quality of this release this bonus track creates a much better flow for me and it would have easily made and essential Neo-Prog album.

This is of course not the case with the album as it stands today and it doesn't constitute for anything more than a very good, but non-essential release.

***** star songs: At The End Of The Day (16:30)

**** star songs: The Great Nothing (27:18)

*** star songs: Revelation (6:04) Thoughts (Part II) (4:41) All On A Sunday (4:12) Goodbye To Yesterday (4:40)

Total Rating: 3,95

Rune2000 | 3/5 |


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