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THE LIGHT

Spock's Beard

 

Symphonic Prog

3.85 | 645 ratings

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Marty McFly
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4 stars This was one of the first Prog albums I've heard by purpose, once I started my Prog journey in 2008. Not sure why "The Light", why this particular album, but it still holds special place in my heart. Here is where Neal started to put his visions in form of Symph music, epic lengths and grand visions. Indeed, entire Go the Way You Go is basically study of one motif (from all points of view), various aspects of it. All of which while remaining interesting. Of course, when dealing with work where Neal Morse left his signature, there is always an issue of cheesiness. You can't help it, these two goes together. The Water is different, more experimental (but still accessible, it is after all still Neal Morse). The wonder continues. What they are able to do with such minimalistic tones is simply magic. Oh, but the best song here, the most epic (too many epics, but I like them anyway) is The Light, one of my all-time favourite prog songs. Such a weird a variable lyrics (exploring various parts of what being crazy means) and also many genres and styles, moods and flavours. The song simply has everything, melodic, dissonant, weird and plain-forward parts, uplifting and slow ones. This all while liking Neal's voice a lot can result in the only thing:

4(+), but only if you can overcome a bit less-than-your-usual masterpiece sound.

Marty McFly | 4/5 |

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