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Neal Morse


Symphonic Prog

4.19 | 629 ratings

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4 stars I've been listening non-stop to this album for at least a week and that's a lot considering the fact that I never made it once through Testimony.

Originally I was skeptical that Neal Morse could make a great solo album. Note that this was before I heard his previous album ?. But all that changed after a friend of mine made me listen though this album's first track, which I found to be amazing. And since the first track is pretty much 40% of the album, I thought that no matter how the other songs turned out, it would still be a decent purchase.

The album is structured just like the second Transatlantic album, Bridge Across Forever, but this time around there is conceptual story to back it up! All of the three lengthy compositions go through many different sections where the music ranges from every style like Progressive Metal to Spanish guitar section. The album's highlight for me would be the acoustic guitar-jam that transitions into Two Down, One To Go, which sounds something like the Spanish guitar from Spock's Beard debut album The Light.

The great variety of styles and transitions between the different sections gives each composition its share of great but also lesser moments, still it come up on top in the end. I have to agree with a previous review by Flipper, where he said "I'm not a Christian, but if someone is preaching like this, I really don't have a problem". Sola Scriptura is a very enjoyable listen from start to finish, Neal Morse never seizes to amaze me!

**** star songs: The Door (29:14) The Conflict (25:00) Heaven In My Heart (5:11) The Conclusion (16:34)

Total Rating: 4,00

Rune2000 | 4/5 |


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