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THE LIGHT

Spock's Beard

 

Symphonic Prog

3.85 | 644 ratings

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Evolver
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Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
4 stars Spock's Beard's debut album remains one of the best by the band before Neal Morse was ordered by his jealous savior to leave the band.

The album begins softly, sounding much like an early Genesis album. The band soon joins in fully, and the album proves to be a roller coaster ride of different prog styles. The Beard pays homage to some of the classic great bands, especially Genesis and Yes, but there are some Pink Floyd references as well. Most of the time this group demonstrates it's own original style as well. Morse's vocals, often falling somewhere between John Lennon and Tom Petty, is usually the weakest point on a Spock's Beard album, but here he sings so forcefully that he rarely pulls the music down.

The best songs are the two epics, The Light and The Water. On these, Morse and company seamlessly blend different styles of music into some great prog classics. The musicianship by all four members (Ryo Okumoto had not joined the group at this point) is superb, and keeps these pieces exciting from start to finish.

The other two pieces are more Genesis styled than anything else, although Go The Way You Go veers away from this at times. On The Edge is the weakest track, sounding like a mixture of ideas borrowed from The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway.

A fine start for a modern giant of prog.

Evolver | 4/5 |

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