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Spock's Beard


Symphonic Prog

3.26 | 442 ratings

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2 stars This fourth studio album was the occasion for the band to dig a little more into the Kansas sounds. It was already noticeable during their prior album "Kindness Of Strangers", but is much more evident here ("Day For Night").

Not that they full abandoned the YesIdea, but they moved away from the YesMusic. But genuine inspiration is almost alien to this album. Take "Gibberish" for instance: it is ajust a copy of some GG track. There is even one strongly "Beatles" oriented song which is at times a clone of "I Am The Walrus" ("Gypsy").

If you are keen to listen to a dull ballad, it is available as well: "Lay It Down" does this job pretty well. Do you fancy a couple of mellowish little tunes: "My Shoes" (close to ELO) and "The Healing Colors of Sound Part 2" while part one is an average instrumental track heading at ELP revisited by Yes. All in just over two minutes! What a shortcut! Another one? Here you are, "The Distance to the Sun" is coming (of which the acoustic intro is almost a Howe pastiche). So what's really personal in here? Not a whole lot of music to be honest.

There is nothing really captivating to be honest. IMO, one of the most unaccomplished songs is "Mommy Comes Back". It is just a funky metal track which is difficult to bear.

I am not very receptive to this album. It is their weakest so far IMHHO. It sounds as a melting pot of several great bands from the seventies. But without inspiration. Two stars.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


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