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Formed in Los Angeles, California, USA in 1992 - Still active as of 2018

SPOCK'S BEARD was formed by NEAL MORSE, who wrote all the band's material and contributed lead vocals, piano, synth and guitars. This is a superb Progressive rock in the Seventies' spirit, full of contrated climates, breaks and complex compositions based on tortuous, audacious and elaborated instrumental developments. They combine strong melodies with intricate arrangements and superb musicianship. SPOCK'S BEARD should appeal to fans of the FLOWER KINGS and UK.

This adventurous band has built a solid and loyal following with their first two releases. "The Light" received rave reviews across the globe and "Beware of Darkness" was by far the best progressive rock album of the decade. The next releases ("The Kindness...", "Day For Night" & "V") were issued to insatiable fans world wide. The next album, "Snow", was the band's double CD concept album in the vein of GENESIS' "The Lamb...".

With Neal MORSE's departure in 2002, "Feel Euphoria" marked a fresh new beginning for the band. The album fueled a new creative period in the band's career. The album was followed up by "Octane" in 2005 and the band-titled release in 2006. SPOCK'S BEARD ended the decade with another discography highlight with the release of "X" in 2010. Jimmy KEEGAN provided some additional vocals on the release and later followed the band on the promotional tour for the new material. The release of "X" marked another turning point for the band seeing that the Nick D'VIRGILIO finally decided to concentrate on his solo career and thus left the band in 2011.

On November 21, 2011, it was announced on the bands official website that ENCHANT vocalist Ted LEONARD and touring drummer Jimmy KEEGAN would be joining the band. SPOCK'S BEARD will be releasing their 11th studio album, "Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep" in mid 2013.

No matter what happens next one thing's for sure, The BEARD is out there and you WILL believe!

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SPOCK'S BEARD discography


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SPOCK'S BEARD top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.85 | 637 ratings
The Light
1995
3.66 | 492 ratings
Beware Of Darkness
1996
3.75 | 482 ratings
The Kindness Of Strangers
1998
3.25 | 419 ratings
Day For Night
1999
4.14 | 799 ratings
V
2000
3.86 | 663 ratings
Snow
2002
3.25 | 370 ratings
Feel Euphoria
2003
3.13 | 374 ratings
Octane
2005
3.34 | 361 ratings
Spock's Beard
2006
3.81 | 548 ratings
X
2010
4.00 | 656 ratings
Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep
2013
3.83 | 325 ratings
The Oblivion Particle
2015
3.69 | 99 ratings
Noise Floor
2018

SPOCK'S BEARD Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.68 | 34 ratings
The Official Live Bootleg
1996
3.68 | 59 ratings
The Beard Is Out There
1998
3.41 | 35 ratings
Live at The Whisky and Nearfest
1999
3.02 | 70 ratings
Don't Try This At Home
2000
3.71 | 24 ratings
Don't Try This @ Home Either!
2000
4.00 | 30 ratings
There And Here
2001
3.99 | 77 ratings
Gluttons For Punishment - Live 05
2005
3.79 | 58 ratings
Live
2008
3.42 | 26 ratings
Live at High Voltage Festival
2011
3.65 | 50 ratings
The X Tour-Live
2012
4.00 | 26 ratings
Live at Sea
2014

SPOCK'S BEARD Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.94 | 13 ratings
Live At The Whiskey A Go-Go
2000
4.24 | 52 ratings
Don't Try This At Home-Live / The Making of V
2002
4.19 | 57 ratings
Live
2008
4.75 | 9 ratings
Live at Sea
2014
4.59 | 34 ratings
Snow Live
2017

SPOCK'S BEARD Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 9 ratings
Don't Try This/Feel Euphoria
2006
4.63 | 30 ratings
The First Twenty Years
2015

SPOCK'S BEARD Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.81 | 22 ratings
From the Vault
1998
3.27 | 11 ratings
Skin
1999
3.19 | 16 ratings
All On A Sunday
2001

SPOCK'S BEARD Reviews


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 Noise Floor by SPOCK'S BEARD album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.69 | 99 ratings

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Noise Floor
Spock's Beard Symphonic Prog

Review by patrickq

2 stars The first Spock's Beard album I've heard and the only one I own, Noise Floor has its moments, but not enough of them, in my opinion. I'm sure that some Spock's Beard fans will point out that Noise Floor isn't the place to start listening to the band's music, and this may be true. I'm somewhat familiar with Nick D'Virgilio and Neal Morse, and while D'Virgilio contributed to the album as a performer, neither of these well-known musicians had been member of Spock's Beard for years prior to Noise Floor.

While there are prog-rock embellishments throughout, Noise Floor is essentially an AOR album played by a neo-prog band. The lyrics are a plaintive/introspective mix not unlike Pearl Jam or Matchbox Twenty, and the music tends to be radio-friendly. Much of Noise Floor seems to be a slightly less metallic version of Dream Theater - - or a slightly less dramatic version of IQ. There are Rush influences and even a nod to Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

If Noise Floor is in fact an AOR album played by a neo-prog band, that's not necessarily a bad thing. The issue to me isn't the style but the substance. Beyond the opener, "To Breathe Another Day," and some passages on a few other tracks, the songs aren't especially inspired. Some feel formulaic. Along the same lines, the playing is good - - very good, actually - - but in places it comes across as clinical. There are no bad songs (I'm including the canonical eight songs as well as the four "Cutting Room Floor" tracks), but that's probably because the band didn't take many chances with this album. Unfortunately, while repeated listens did reveal interesting performance details, they didn't deepen my understanding of the album.

So, nothing too special. If you're looking for recent neo-symphonic albums, I suggest Wobbler's Rites at Dawn (2011) and Blomljud by Moon Safari (2008).

 Noise Floor by SPOCK'S BEARD album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.69 | 99 ratings

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Noise Floor
Spock's Beard Symphonic Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

5 stars The first major surprise for me, even before putting this on the player, was to see the return of Nick D'Virgilio, replacing Jimmy Keegan. He has come back in his original role in the band as a drummer who also provides additional vocals, and the band are downplaying his future with the band. "Well, we are very happy to have Nick back with us for the album," says Leonard. "But right now, it does not go any further." "We would love Nick to be able to play live with us again," adds Okumoto. "The trouble is that he has so many other commitments with his time that I doubt he can fit us into his schedule when it comes to touring. But even if we end up finding another live drummer, then we hope Nick will still be able to go into the studio with us in the future."

The other surprise comes when it is put on the player, as this is in many ways the most AOR-oriented and melodically friendly album they have released to date. In the last three albums the band have changed for each release, but never so dramatically that they would lose fans, but instead have taken them on a journey. I am a huge fan of Neal's work, in whatever band he has been involved with, but he does have a very recognisable style of writing and performing. Here SB have evolved, with Ted's wonderful vocals allowing the band to switch into songs which wouldn't sound out of place on a commercial rock radio station. Whether it is the acoustic guitar interplay on "Somebody's Home" or the more bombastic opener "To Breathe Another Day" this is an easy enjoy progtastic romp which had me smiling the very first time I played it and has kept me happy ever since. Yes, there are bits that come across as Kansas with wonderful harmonies, but I like Kansas!

Each Spock's Beard album keeps the listener wondering what the next one will be like, and it is a real shame I can't ever see them playing down here as I would love to catch these guys touring this. 5

 Noise Floor by SPOCK'S BEARD album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.69 | 99 ratings

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Noise Floor
Spock's Beard Symphonic Prog

Review by thesimilitudeofprog

4 stars Spock's Beard ? the very words will elicit shivers of excitement in any self-respecting Prog fan. Noise Floor is the Beard's thirteenth studio album, the third with Ted Leonard on lead vocals, and the eleventh with the mighty Nick D'Virgilio (guesting on this album) on drums. The historical core members Alan Morse, Dave Meros and Ryo Okumoto, have appeared on every album (bar Ryo on the first), and they still combine to create a unique sound that no other band seems able to emulate. While very melodic throughout, Noise Floor allows the Beard to demonstrate that they have retained their identity, despite everything. There might be more immediacy in melody and hook, and there is definitely some progression in the band's compositions on this album. The opening Hammond riff of "To Breathe Another Day" torpedoes into complex melodious power rock, which is played superbly. It is undoubtedly Spock's Beard, and all is well in the world. The second song "What Becomes of Me" starts with the ticking of a clock and middle-eastern themes that give way to some massive Meros Rickenbacker off-beats. One of the world's most under-estimated bassists. The verse is a slow, Leonard meander about the contemplation of life. The contemplation ends with the clock ticking again. "Somebody's Home" is immediately a high point on the album. The song is filled with heart-searing melodies, power, light, shade, counterpointed accents, real strings and just about everything else that any Prog fan could ask for. D'Virgilio's drumming is particularly tasteful on this song, and Morse's lead solo (played with his unique pick-less finger technique) is as powerful as anything he has delivered. The forth song "Have We All Gone Crazy Yet" is eight minutes of Prog heaven. Melodic folk guitar strumming reminiscent of early Jethro Tull leads to a captivating vocal switch between D'Virgilio and Leonard. The verse and chorus are spine-tingling, gut-wrenching stuff, and the resulting composition is as good as anything in Spocks Beard's vast catalogue. This song has everything, and in my opinion will eventually be recognized as one of their best songs. "So This Is Life" is a lazy ballad that has a distinct Beatles feel. It is a great song, and for any other band, it would be remarkable. For the Beard, it's par for the course. There are no low points on the album, but this is certainly the most derivative composition on the album. The sixth track "One So Wise" starts with an Okumoto Moog riff that brings the listener right back to where he/she belongs ? Prog heaven. As elsewhere on the album, Meros shines on this track. His sound and playing are so distinctive that he fully deserves a place among the Prog bass gods. "Box of Spiders" opens with a mystical keyboard riff that is then soon accompanied by complex synthesizer stabs, ascending into keyboard mania. It is a terrifyingly complex celebration of all that is Ryo Okumoto, but it is also clearly Spock's Beard as we know them. Despite the fact that the song is a keyboard-fest, special mention must also be made of Alan Morse's guitar solo, which is no less terrifying. The boys really tortured their instruments on this one. Final song of the album "Beginnings" is a suspense-filled description of a man experiencing a new dawn. Leonard is on the top of his game, and trades vocal lines with Morse and D'Virgilio with ease. The instrumental section in the middle contains much harmonic interplay and a pause that is symbolic of the rebirth in the lyrics. A final note wails into the distance as the album ends.

There is a bonus disc/EP (named "Cutting Room Floor") of four songs that are not part of "Noise Floor", but apparently do form part of the official release. "Days We Remember" is a pleasing yet simple ballad with a strong Styx influence. "Bulletproof" is also a ballad, but contains more of the rousing chord progressions, variation and soaring choruses associated with Spock's Beard. "Vault" is darker in subject matter than most of the album, and possibly would have fit in well with the rest of the Noise Floor album.I suppose a choice had to be made between the last track on the Cutting Room Floor "Armageddon Nervous" and "Box of Spiders". But "Armageddon Nervous" still exposes the Beard at their high-flying instrumental best, and is worth your attention, as is the whole EP. Noise Floor and Cutting Room Floor are sensational and a great listen.

 The X Tour-Live by SPOCK'S BEARD album cover Live, 2012
3.65 | 50 ratings

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The X Tour-Live
Spock's Beard Symphonic Prog

Review by thesimilitudeofprog

3 stars Spock's Beard shows on these two discs that they are still a force to be reckoned with both live and in the studio, the songs off "X" work very well live.

This gig would be the last time the Nick D'Virgilio - fronted the group. The official reason given was that he was to devote his time and energies to his work with Cirque du Soleil. That's the bad news. The good news is we have this set, documenting an exciting concert run-through of the band at the peak of their powers, playing their best material.

Writing reviews for live albums is difficult; am I judging it based on the quality of the music itself, or the exclusively live aspects of it? My appreciation of the original "X" certainly helps me warm up to this performance. This is a nearly two hour recording, split into two halves. The first half of this two-album set is the entire "X" album, although played in a slightly different order. "Kamikaze" has been shifted from second to second last in the running order. The second disc is a collection of older tracks going back much further into Spock's Beard's history with "The Doorway"and "Thoughts" appearing from the band's 1996 second album "Beware Of Darkness", as well as "June" from third album "The Kindness Of Strangers". "On A Perfect Day" from the more recent eponymous 9th album, with keyboard and drum solos completing this second set.

The greatest strength about "The X Tour Live" is also at times it's biggest weakness; the mixing and production. The music itself aside, "X Live" sometimes feels wonderfully organic, overcoming much of the noise that comes with live performances. On the other end of the spectrum, some parts of the show feel poorly mixed and unclear. A little inconsistent perhaps, but "'The X Tour Live" is a fair success for SPOCK'S BEARD, and does a good justice to the studio material.

 The Oblivion Particle by SPOCK'S BEARD album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.83 | 325 ratings

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The Oblivion Particle
Spock's Beard Symphonic Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

5 stars I was absolutely blown away by the album prior to this one, 'Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep', where the Beard had finally moved away from the shadow of Neal Morse (who actually guested on it). This album shows the band again changing direction, with David Ragsdale being the only guest (and then on just one song), and to be honest the very first time I played this I didn't like it. It just didn't gel in the way I expected it to, and I felt incredibly frustrated and really quite annoyed. There were bits and pieces which felt like the Beard I knew and loved, others which were sort of like Enchant, and others which just didn't make sense. But, at one time SB were easily my favourite band, and 'Snow' is still my favourite album, so could it be as poor as I thought?

The second time I played it I still didn't like it very much, especially when comparing it to the latest album, but I determined not to be a quitter and sometime through the third (or was it the fourth) I started to finally get into the music. If ever an album was a grower then it has to be this, and it must have taken at least ten plays to finally get under the hood and realise that this is something pretty special indeed. John Boegehold was again involved in the writing, but whereas he may not always have been viewed fondly by diehard fans, that has had to have a total rethink. There is just enough within some of the songs and the way they have been arranged (plus Alan's guitar playing is always a dead giveaway) to allow fans to realise that this is a SB album after all, but the guys have switched and shifted into something that while not actually that difficult to get into and understand, does really take a while to fully get the benefit from.

I honestly believe it has taken Ryo this long to really come out of his shell, producing some wonderful sounds and bits and pieces within this album, while Alan stretches himself more than usual, and Jimmy and Dave are as solid as ever. I have loved Ted's voice and performances for more than 20 years, and here he has excelled himself. Yes it is eclectic, yes musically it is all over the place, but don't play this just a few times and put it to one side as it may actually be one of the best things they have ever done.

 Snow Live by SPOCK'S BEARD album cover DVD/Video, 2017
4.59 | 34 ratings

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Snow Live
Spock's Beard Symphonic Prog

Review by Gerinski
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Spock's Beard double concept album Snow was released in 2002 and Neal Morse left the band right away, without ever doing a tour for the album. This caused many to consider Snow 'the Beard's Lamb Lies Down on Broadway', but at least Genesis did tour the album before Peter Gabriel left. So in a sense, dreaming of a Spock's reunion to play Snow in its entirety felt to many like many of us dreamed of a Genesis reunion to play again the whole The Lamb in the 1980's or 90's. Nope, it never happened'

But this time the dream came true. With occasion of MorseFest 2016 and for a one-off concert, Neal rejoined the new complete Spock's lineup together with Nick D'Virgilio to perform Snow from top to bottom. So we get a 7 members band plus a trumpet and a sax for some songs. The 2 drummers Nick and Jimmy Keegan, 2 keyboardists Neal and Ryo (with Neal of course also playing guitars), Alan Morse, Dave Meros and Ted Leonard who sings and plays guitars, and all of them doing some vocals. The venue was Neil's local church so the audience is rather limited, and I envy them.

The performance is top notch and the sound and video quality are very good as you can expect from a 2017 release. You can see that the guys really enjoyed themselves in this gig. Having Keegan as double drummer allowed Nick D'Virgilio to take more center stage and sing lead vocals on some songs, something he clearly enjoys. Alan also visibly had a great time. The only one looking a bit more contrived is Ted Leonard, which is rather understandable being relegated to a small podium behind Alan and with Neal Morse clearly stealing the show with his endless energy. Even though Ted gets to sing lead on both runs of 'The Devil's Got My Throat' and does a lot of backing vocals and accompanying guitars.

As said the performance of Snow is flawless, and as encores we have (yeah you guessed it?) 'June', and the 27 minute suite 'Falling for Forever' including a very nice drums duet between Nick and Jimmy. And as bonus we have about 1 hour of Q&A with the band members, including producer Rich Mouser, and about half an hour interview with Neal about the writing of Snow and the idea of rejoining the Spock's for this gig. Plenty of stuff to enjoy.

So for all fans of The Beard this is a dream come true.

 Noise Floor by SPOCK'S BEARD album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.69 | 99 ratings

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Noise Floor
Spock's Beard Symphonic Prog

Review by King Manuel

3 stars I donīt know why, but this Spockīs Beard album leaves me cold. And I have tried very hard to like it. Bought it, actually pre ordered it on itunes and got it on the day it came out and since then played it regularly in the hope I might finally get it. Now looking at the track list I must admit, I cannot hum a single second or remember any outstanding part. And I am not one of those fans who lost interest in the Beards after Neal left, no, I almost listen more to the post Neal output in the meantime. Unlike its predecessors who all had a number of highlights on (The Center Line, A treasure abandoned, Jaws of Heaven, The Slow Crash Landing Man, The Ballad of the Impact, Ghosts of autum ... just to name a few), this one is a slightly uninspiring affair. In its defence I need to say, it is not unpleasant to listen to Noise Floor. Nothing urges me to press skip (like a number of tracks for example on Snow or Feel Euphoria). Cool prog rock background music.
 The Oblivion Particle by SPOCK'S BEARD album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.83 | 325 ratings

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The Oblivion Particle
Spock's Beard Symphonic Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Of all three albums Spock's Beard had recorded with Ted Leonard on vocals, this is the most eclectic and less accessible of them. Still a very good one, though. But I must admit that, to my ears, it is not as charming and exciting as the other two. Maybe the fact that it is a concept album The Oblivion Particle works better within its context than as songs themselves, I don't know. Listening to it I can not find anything really wrong with it and the second half of the CD is quite strong. That is where the better stuff is, on epics like To Be Free Again and the closer Disappear, although when looking carefully on each one for this review I find that all the tunes have its positive side.

As usual you will find a perfect sound (in terms of production and mixing) and the impeccable performance of all musicians. Leonard was really a much needed blessing for the band and his vocals are simply terrific all over the CD. Still I miss the incredible power and freshness of Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep and, especially, of Noise Floor. This one will certainly satisfy the ones who want to hear something more complicated and dense.

Rating: 3,5 stars. Very good.

 Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep by SPOCK'S BEARD album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.00 | 656 ratings

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Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep
Spock's Beard Symphonic Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Well, after I heard the new SB album (2018īs brilliant Noise Floor) I had to go back and listen to the previous ones that had Ted Leonard as their vocalist. Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep (2013) was the first one and, man, do I understand the glowing reviews and high ratings! Although this debut album of the "new" Spockīs Beard is not as powerful and developed as Noise Floor, it is clear that the new line up is by far their best ever and the chemistry worked from the get go. The songwriting is much stronger, there is more direction and the level of energy reaches a point where the band was never able to deliver before. In fact, they became a whole new band.

Obviously the formula was not entirely ready, but, boy, do they show improvement! Now the melodies are really great, the arrangements do enhance the already fine songs and the performances are terrific! Sometimes their influences are too clear (like the obvious nods to classic Kansas, Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd and, more directly, to Gentle Giant on Afterthought), and yet they sound very fresh and exciting. Itīs hard to believe that those are the same musicians that are delivering such powerful solos and riffs: Alan Morse, Ryo Okumoto and Dave Meros (the hardcore trio that are together since 1996īs Beware Of Darkness) never sounded so direct. They are simply on fire here. Ok, some people will complain they are more "commercial", or "less prog" or something like it. Well, in a word: nonsense! The music here may have more hooks and melodies, but it is pure progressive music (can someone please figure stuff like these playing on the radio nowadays?).

I am really surprised I had never heard of this fantastic CD before. Granted, I was never a fan of Spockīs Beard. Tom e they were obvious great musicians without a personal sound and lacking a strong songwriting team. Now they have both and maybe even a little more. The official record is just impeccable for a new line. My CD came with a bonus disc that has 4 extra tracks. Of course they are not as strong as the main one, and the choice of The Man Youīre Afraid You Are for the opener was a poor one. However, Down The Burning Road is a terrific tune that reminds of the great Kansas of the 70īs (maybe because Ted Leonards timbre is so close to Steve Walsh, plus the vocal harmonies and the violin guest on this track), but with their own twist on it. The same goes for Something Very Strange, a fine showcase of their newfound "formula", with a melody line and arrangement most prog bands would kill for.

All in all Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep surpassed my greatest expectations. A very fine album by a band that finally found their voice and soul. A very nice surprise that I just canīt get enough of it. Rating: something between 4 and 4,5 stars. Maybe not a classic yet, but more than a "mere" excellent addition to any prog rock music collection. Highly recommended!

 Noise Floor by SPOCK'S BEARD album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.69 | 99 ratings

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Noise Floor
Spock's Beard Symphonic Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Wow! this one caught me completely by surprise! Spockīs Beard was never one of my favourite bands and I did not fancy neither when Neil Morse was with them nor their immediately post Morse phase. In both cases they sounded to me like a bunch of great musicians with the right influences but without much of a personality. But everything changed with this CD: the sound here is much more powerful, inspired and soulful. Even with a great diversity of styles included (from symphonic prog to jazz to AOR, and so on) , it still feels focused and unified in the end. Like Aussie-Byrd-Brother said in his very accurate and detailed review, this is an album that most prog people will mistake for a "commercial" effort or something like that, specially if they stick to the albumīs opener the spectacular To Breath Another Day. Itīs the kind of track that Kansas would kill for at their peak. Soaring AOR vocals, ballsy guitar lines, earthquake Hammond solos, all propelled by a blistering rhythm section. Still it does not sound like anything else, thanks to the odd time signatures and the creative arrangement.

And the album goes on with such surprises itīs hard to pinpoint what they look like nowadays. On one hand the music is indeed more direct and hard hitting (most of the time), on the other they retained their prog roots: there are several mood and tempo changes, even some weirdness and avant guard bits here and there. Noise Floor is the kind of CD that seems to reveal new textures every time you listen to it. What is clear is that they are delivering some of their best material ever. It seems that they have come of age at the songwriting department (always their weak point in the past). Finally they are using their terrific musicianship to work for great tunes. Ok, fair enough, it is not perfect, but it comes close. Have We All Gone Crazy Yet is the one track that I still do not totally get it. But it is the only one and, besides, it is only my personal taste. On all others I really canīt get enough of them. Sometimes, maybe because of Ted Leonards voice or Ryo Okumotos Hammond timbres, I feel like Iīm listening to a lost Kansas record of the 70īs. And thatīs a compliment! You can hear echoes of Yes, Jethro Tull, Gentle Giant, Journey, Beatles and many more in the mix. Well, I guess they always did, but they surely did not have such creative, mature and melodic songs. Production is top notch. The arrangements are equally near perfect and very tasteful.

Iīm still listening to Noise Floor and still awestruck by it. It seems that I like it a little bit more with every spin. This is the first Spockīs Beard I can say I really love and I truly hope they keep releasing such powerful stuff in near future. I heard this CD by pure chance and I thank God for it. For it is on my top 5 list of best albums of 2018.

Rating: 4,5 stars until now. But I may uprated it to five soon. Highly recommended to open minded music lovers.

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