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Spock's Beard


Symphonic Prog

3.68 | 515 ratings

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4 stars This was a very good second album for Spock's Beard. First of all, the addition of Ryo Okumoto gives the keyboard work a depth that was not present on the first album.

The longer tracks are good, but they don't have the spark that encompassed The Light on the previous album. And while each of these has their grand musical moments, the tendency for songwriter Neal Morse to fall back into predictable melodies and choruses sometimes comes close to spoiling these moments.

The highpoint of the album is Thoughts. If you are a Gentle Giant fan, then you would love this beautifully complex tribute to that once great band. The vocal and instrumental interplay captures the spirit and tone of Knots better than any other Giant imitator I've heard. This alone makes the album worthwhile to me. It raises the rating from three to four stars.

Evolver | 4/5 |


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