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THE LIGHT

Spock's Beard

 

Symphonic Prog

3.85 | 645 ratings

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Rune2000
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2 stars I still don't understand how this early Spock's Beard line-up managed to make an album that starts off so well but eventually fails so miserably.

Although the sound-quality of The Light leaves much to be desired of it can be overcome as long as there are enough interesting compositions to to balance things out. It really starts off on a promising note with the wonderful album-titled track. I really love this performance from the begining to the very end and can listen to it non-stop. The whole performance of this piece feels so well balanced and there is just no weak spots to even talk about.

This is unfortunately the only great instance that this album offers its audience since the rest of the release doesn't even come close to the first excellent 15 minutes. Go The Way You Go and On The Edge feel like chewing gum and once the tracks end you basically spit them out and forget they even existed. This is something that unluckily can't be said about the 23 minute multi-suite simply titled The Water. This composition is probably one of the worst long composition that I've ever heard. It's long, boring and extremely pretentious. I seriously can't think of one good thing to say about it and instead just have to ask Neal Morse how he managed to go for the excellent album title-track to this monstrous disaster.

Luckily the band's sound would improve over the next few releases until the band would finally perfect and master the long track format on their fifth album simply titled V. The Light will remain a novelty record for the fans of Spock's Beard and Neal Morse who are interested in hearing how much the two have actually developed over the years.

***** star songs: The Light (15:33)

*** star songs: Go The Way You Go (12:03) On The Edge (6:11)

** star songs: The Water (23:14)

Total Rating: 3,14

Rune2000 | 2/5 |

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