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Spock's Beard


Symphonic Prog

4.14 | 816 ratings

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5 stars Goodbye to yesterday...

Following the recent news of Nick D'Virgilio's departure, an omen perhaps that the end is nigh for Spock's Beard, I thought it appropriate to reflect on the bands finest hour. As the penultimate album to feature the band's original (and strongest) lineup, "V" reflects the pinnacle of their music achievement.

"V" has four shorter tracks bookended by two epics. It is almost inevitable that the longer tracks will outshine the shorter ones, but that said, the shorter trackso on "V" still hold strong and remain engaging, even after many listens. I enjoy all of them but my particular favourites are Revelation and All on a Sunday.

Then there is the album's opening track, At the End of the Day, an excellent track that would be the main event of most other albums. But those other albums don't close with The Great Nothing. This song is Spock's Beard. It is Neal Morse. It is Nick D'Virgilio. It is Alan Morse. It is Ryo Okumoto. It is Dave Meros. None of these guys are strangers to elongated multi-part compositions, but throughout Spock's Beard history, and all their associated projects, no other song has matched The Great Nothing. Whilst the majority of prog epics have highs and lows, parts you love and parts you are just there for the ride, The Great Nothing is pure refined class from start to finish. In this respect it is comparable to the likes of 2112 and Supper's Ready, and this is no mean feat.

The Verdict: The best of the Beard.

Starhammer | 5/5 |


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