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Spock's Beard


Symphonic Prog

3.68 | 516 ratings

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The Crow
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4 stars Spockīs Beard is without a doubt one of my favourites prog band, but in my humble opinion they have failed along the years in creating a true masterpiece. "Beware of Darkness" was close, like "The Light", but for me it lacks something else...

Beware of Darkness itīs a very fine George Harrisonīs cover, with a marvellous Hammond solo by the great Ryo Okumoto. This album was the first with Ryo on keyboards...And itīs was in improvement, for sure!

Thougths is a good tune, but this choirs in the Gentle Giant style are a little ridiculous for me...

The Doorwar is maybe the perfect Spockīs Beard song. Very catchy, with a good mixture of electric and acoustic sections, a strong bass, great keyboard solo...And a good Neal Morseīs singing, although in this time he had not reached yet his best level with singing...

Chatauqua itīs just a fast aocustic song, beautiful but forgettable...

Walking of the Wing is the second and last true jewel in the album. Another great song with powerful bass lines and a great organ introduction. In the same style as The Doorway, and almost as good.

Waste Away is just a rocking short track, in the same style of another Spockīs songs like On The Edge or All on a Sunday. Nothing special, but pretty enjoyable.

Time Has Come itīs a long suite, but with the same problem as the song The Water of the previous album: good sometimes, but not very good sometimes, with lack of inspiration...In my opinion Spockīs Beard they really donīt learned to make good long suites (more than 15 minutes...) till the album "V". But Time Has Come itīs still a good song based in Stephen Kingīs "Dance of Death", thing that make it interesting for me, because Iīm a Kingīs fan!

Conclusion: excellent album with really brilliant moments, but with some weak parts that donīt allow it being a masterpiece. Nevertheless, heartly recommended for all prog fans!

The Crow | 4/5 |


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