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Spock's Beard


Symphonic Prog

3.68 | 515 ratings

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5 stars The difficult second album, not really, it's amazing as usual.

I know I said that The Light is my favourite Spock's Beard album, but as a whole, this album is alot easier to listen to and way better produced, so don't take my word for it.

This album is a wee bit darker (but Spock's Beard can't be dark really, so it's more morose). The songs are alot easier to listen to and are shorter but still have the same effect.

The songs were also crafted alot better than The Light.

Basically, anything Neal Morse makes, is a masterpiece.

1. Beware Of Darkness - A George Harrison song? Yes this is a more progged up version of a George Harrison song. And yes, it is miles better than the original, really taking those beautiful Beatle-esque chords and melodies, and really turning them into something special. 9/10.

2. Thoughts - A couterpoint mind flow. Amazing piece of music with some weird King Crimson vibes in it. I also love the dischords at the start. Amazing vocals from the whole band. 10/10

3. The Doorway - Ok, this is a very Genesis like song. (The piano intro is very Firth Of Fifth), but this is one of those moments were the masters of prog are beaten by a younger, and slightly more talented band (No offence to Genesis). One beautiful piece of music. The vocal harmonies in the chorus are also very beautiful. 10/10

4. Chataqua - A beautiful acoustic piece, showing how much of an amazing guitarist Neal is. It has a very beautiful Newton Faulkner like vibe to it. 8/10

5. Walking On The Wind - My favorite song on the album. One amazing and beautiful piece of music with some phenomanal instrumental work. The vocal harmonies are also amazing. This song is also really well mixed.

6. Waste Away - Very cheesy, but very effective. Amazing chorus. 9/10.

7. Time Has Come - What a mammoth of a song. Quite dark and sinister at times, but the instrumental sections really show off how much of an amazing band these guys are. I also love the vocals in this song, especially Nicks. 10/10

CONCLUSION: Another masterpiece from the modern prog masters.

arcane-beautiful | 5/5 |


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