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Spock's Beard

 

Symphonic Prog

3.81 | 558 ratings

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3 stars Hi Nick, this time I disagree!

After a long time from 'SB', to my opinion one of the best Spock's Mark II productions, I hoped to listen some more than a sequence of songs strongly AOR oriented. Where 'A' stays for 'American' and not for 'Adult'.

Yes. Sure the 'American' sometimes shubby influence can be listened during the entire album, even in the epic tracks, that generally are the most intense tracks in an album.

OK. Maybe they are trying to find something new, but abandoning the powerful influences of Yes, Genesis and Gentle Giant I think it's a great error.

Something tells me that Nick has got the upper hand on the other members, especially if you compare this new sound with his (very nice, I have to notice) solo album 'Karma', which was based on the same musical sound and influences.

Once more I have to notice that Alan is a great guitar player, his solos bring always something new, but Okumoto in this album is so predictable and Nick too much self congratulating in his long long fills without feeling and imagination.

It's hard to me to write these lines because I've always considered Nick the Phil Collins natural heir!

Anyway, seeing what Phil has done with his extremely talented way of playing drums... maybe he is!

I'm so sorry to say that this album doesn't reach 3 stars.

progpromoter | 3/5 |

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