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Spock's Beard


Symphonic Prog

3.86 | 666 ratings

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3 stars A very disjointed debut where some promise of potential manages to shine through occasionally in the mass wreckage. The range of bad and good material on this album is extremely radical.

1. The Light- The musicianship is good, but this song could have been so much better with a more coherent structure. Some parts are really good (like the main guitar riff at 5:00 or so), but they are sporadically illustrated throughout many other parts that just. aren't. The first 4 minutes are not that good, and the disjointed feel really kills the impact of this song. 4/10

2. Go the Way You Go- Here we go! This is a masterpiece composition from Morse and the crew. The instrumentation is great and the structure is MUCH better than the previous song. This is so enjoyable and is fun to sing too. Catchy, complex, always interesting piece of modern Symphonic Prog. Flawless. 10+/10

3. The Water- Uh oh. Okay, many good ideas here, but this is overall a disaster. This is the definition of disjointed. Many of the themes are not expanded upon well and the whole song simply does not connect well. Man, this one was disappointing. The good instrumentation and some interesting parts scattered throughout make it better than an absolute failure. It still is one of their worst compositions ever. 2/10

4. On the Edge- An average closer that doesn't excite me near as much as I know they are capable of. Nonetheless, this is easily the 2nd best song on the album and the instrumentation is fantastic (the singing is good too). The keyboards are of note. It definitely has its flaws in form, but overall it's a pretty decent composition by the Beard. It is still WAY better than the Water. 7/10

Okay. This has to be one of the most uneven albums I've ever heard, if not the most. They had better compositions and albums to come, fortunately.

I cannot rate this any lower than 3 stars because of Go the Way You Go, so that is what it's getting. Too bad there's no version of this album without the Water and with a revised version of the Light. Still, this messy debut shows promise.

MovingPictures07 | 3/5 |


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