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Spock's Beard


Symphonic Prog

4.14 | 815 ratings

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The Crow
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4 stars For me, this is the best Spock Beard's album from the Neal Morse era... But unfortunately, not a masterpiece!

After the very poppy and commercial "Day For Night", Spock's Beard offered us the best two songs of their career... The End of The Day, and the outstanding masterpiece The Great Nothing. Only The Doorway is comparable to this two great tracks, true lessons of progressive rock. The End of The Day opens in a great and strong way, to end in a typical Spock's chorus... The acoustic parts are great, like the jazzy interlude. But the best of the song are the choirs in the middle section, a lot in the 70's style.

The Time has Come: for me, the best Spock's Beard song. Comparable in style and quality to Supper's Rady from Genesis in my opinion. Incredible bass, magnificent vocal work (the choirs from D'Virginlio are really nice!), outstanding keyboards work... This song has all that a progfan could dream!

So... What's my problem with this album? Of course, the short tracks. Not as good as the long ones in general. Reflections make nothing to me. A soulness song, pretty forgettable... Thoughts (Part II) is not as good as the first one, but the choirs in the style of Gentle Giant are great too. All on a Sunday is the typical Spock's rocking short song, catchy and commercial, but not specially remarkable (nevertheless, the opening keyboard is very addictive). Goodbye to Yesterdays is a very good melancholic ballad, diffrent in style from other Spock's ballads like June, more gloomy and serious. Pretty nice song, my favourite short track from the album, but nothing if you compare with the two epics...

For all that, although this is maybe my favourite Spock's Beard offering, I have to recognize that this is not a perfect album because some short tracks lack interest for me. I would prefered the two long songs alone, because the low quality of these short tracks spoils a little the overall impression of this album... A lot of times, when I hear this album, I only choose the first and last tracks... And It doesn't says very much from the general quality of any album!

Conclusion: two first-class epics (The End of The Day and The Great Nothing), obligated listening for every prog lover... The rest of the album, nothing special in my opinion.

My rating: ****

The Crow | 4/5 |


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