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Spock's Beard

 

Symphonic Prog

4.14 | 808 ratings

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Epignosis
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Eclectic Prog Team
5 stars Spock's Beard hit a home run with this powerful album. The short middle songs are tracks I would tend to pass over, but the lengthy pieces that bookend this record are not to be missed, and more than qualify this as a five star album. It is truly an amazing and inspiring work.

"At the End of the Day" If I only got one Spock's Beard song to enjoy for the rest of my life, this would be it. "At the End of the Day" features an inspiring introduction, amazing lyrics, and a funky little Latin section. The organ and guitar solos leave nothing to be desired, and the arrangement is nearly perfect, as each section is almost seamlessly woven together. The lyrics and accompanying vocal melodies are impeccably uplifting, and something stirs in my heart each time I hear them.

"Revelation" The second song is a soft pleasant one (the chorus is hard-rocking however), one that could've been fronted by the late Marvin Gaye (for the most part anyway). It's a song that drags on a bit, but overall it's enjoyable.

"Thoughts, Pt. 2" As the name hints at, this is a Gentle Giant-like romp through many vocals and strange music, but the lovely acoustic "first verse" betrays this.

"All On a Sunday" The best of the short songs, this has an upbeat rhythm with a pleasant organ and acoustic guitar leading the way. It's nothing more than a pop song, but it's well done and highly enjoyable. It could be the theme song for a hip new teen drama!

"Goodbye to Yesterday" A pleasant acoustic number with some good bass work, it reminds me of Lindsay Buckingham-era Fleetwood Mac, particularly in recent times. The vocals are a little grainy, but the Mellotron is a nice touch in the background. It's a good dance song, if anything.

"The Great Nothing" The epic track took a few listens to grow on me. The lack of flow between the sections was an initial obstacle, but now it runs together perfectly in my ears. The unsettling opening is a strange wall of noise, but it leads into the main theme, which is performed on acoustic guitar. After the three minute introduction, there's a beautiful piano and vocal theme. A brief acoustic interlude with two singers comes in just before the whole band explodes into action, led by lead guitar and synthesizer. What follows is one of the coolest moments on the album- strange sound effects immerse great and funky bass riffs, which continue under some amazing and soulful organ playing. Rapid-fire singing carries on over another musical theme, this one somewhat heavier. The fifth section is the catchiest part of all even though it has some quirky sound effects and words. As per the lyrics, eventually things "quiet down," and the introductory acoustic guitar theme is revisited, which builds back up into further powerful music. A guitar solo and then gentle piano conclude matters.

Epignosis | 5/5 |

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