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Neal Morse


Symphonic Prog

4.11 | 483 ratings

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4 stars Is possible that this man just will stop been inspired? I think not...

This is my second approach to this wonderful songwriter and player. Neal Morse seems to be a musician with too many things to say a say it in the most beautiful, complex way to do it. His music is very appealing, accessible, complex and has a lot sense and soul. Is music to hear and believe, not in a Christian way.

I have never cared about the lyrics, sure I won't start in this album, but for all those people who reject this musician just because is Christian, you are missing of something that is wonderful in a musical way. Epic songs of 18 and 17 minutes, energy, change of metrics and time signatures, wonderful epic vocal harmonies and impressive playing. He is a multi instrumentalist man, and he has a very unique way to play keyboards, a total inspiration for me. And the thing that I think is more impressive is how the music flows through the whole album, you can here epic moments near to some complex prog metal and then and acoustic guitar solo and then a more cheese chorus with a lot of vocals going on. Is just that there are some things that seem not to match together, but it does, really. Is about to hear and believe.

If you want to try it out, I just ask you to hear the first three tracks of the album, if you don't like those, maybe you won't like the complete piece, but for me the whole album is strong enough to appeal to any single prog fan. It has it everything we wanted of. Besides, Morse used Mike Portnoy in drums, which is always a plus. Mike is maybe the best drummer in prog of the last 20 years, doing complex and accessible rhythms and phrases and he understands very well what Morse wanted from him.

Maybe the only point that some people might feel a little let down is that there are many cheesy moments. I don't find any problem there, I think there's a cheesy moment inside of all of us, but some people still see "cheese" as something negative, so, you are warned.

This is pure prog rock, it has everything and deserves a try for all of us, prog fans. 4.5 stars, reaching almost perfection. Give it a try, you won't regret it.

jampa17 | 4/5 |


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