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Neal Morse


Symphonic Prog

4.19 | 617 ratings

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4 stars Not being familiar with any works by Spock's Beard but encouraged by the enthusiastic reviews posted on this site and the fact that Mike Portnoy is the drummer, I took a calculated risk with this cd. I'm very glad I did. It is excellent symphonic prog from beginning to end. I have to say that the beginning is a little weak for me but from the 2nd song onward it never lags again. "Another World" is a short piece but it really sets up the theme for the rest of the album. I love the musical triplets that characterize "Sweet Elation" as it reminds me of classic Genesis. "Into the Fire" is a mix of metal, rock and funk that works surprisingly well as it transitions into "Solid as the Sun." I'm a real sucker for huge chorales and "Glory of the Lord" is short but very effective as it sets up the poignant "Outside Looking In." Starting with "12" the rest of the cd continually builds and builds to a fantastic ending. The guest artists really add variety and excitement to the proceedings, Steve Hackett and Jordan Rudess in particular. And, of course, Mr. Portnoy is solid as a rock throughout. He continually proves that he is one of the very best drummers in the business today. As for the spiritual content I sincerely hope you aren't Bibliophobic and staying away from this artist because of it. I didn't find it preachy or holier-than-thou at all. Maybe you could just imagine that he's talking about Greek mythology or something if that's a problem for you. If you love grandiose progressive rock it would be a shame for you to pass this by just because he's singing about God. I personally found it refreshing to hear positive, uplifting lyrics for a change and I now look forward to enjoying more musical offerings by Mr. Morse in the future.
Chicapah | 4/5 |


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