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  • Audio CD (14 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0035KGWWC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 346,052 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Temple of the Living God
2. Another World
3. The Outsider
4. Sweet Elation
5. In the Fire
6. Solid As the Sun
7. The Glory of the Lord
8. Outside Looking In
9. 12
10. Entrance
11. Inside His Presence
12. The Temple of the Living God

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dr Nick VINE VOICE on 8 Dec 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is Neal's third solo foray into prog rock, with a Christian message.
Ignoring the lyrics (based around the Tabernacle - look it up in the Old Testament), the structure is as before, some fairly straightforward vocal tunes separates by mind-blowingly complex instrumental passages. Start mellow, build, totally OTT middle, then epic finale.
The vocal parts could be used in isolation, and I think would work perfectly well with just an acoustic guitar, maybe a piano, but clearly that's not what makes Neal tick. His voice isn't anything special (sort of Bryan Adams-y but less gravel), but he writes decent melodies, plays great guitar and keys, and loves to show off.
Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) is still behind the kit, and the guest musicians reach a new high for Neal: Jordan Rudess (DT again), Steve Hackett (!!!), Ronni Stolt (Flower Kings) and his own brother Alan (Spock's Beard) among others, taking the instrumental passages to a new level of complexity.
Not sure all the tunes are quite as good as before (Testimony remains the benchmark), but the instrumental bits make up for this in my ears, so 4 stars it is.
And not quite as long as his other works. Good stuff.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "southbourne_chess" on 4 Nov 2005
Format: Audio CD
This, Neal’s third solo progressive rock release, continues the prolific composer’s musical and spiritual journey into and through christianity in its musical form. Full of wonderful, imaginative compositions with lyrics more or less entirely, it seems, taken from passages from the bible, the album is also supported by an array of talent from the world of prog; Mike Portnoy, Roine Stolt, Steve Hackett...
The subject of the album is the Tabernacle, the biblical dwelling place of God with a constant theme that runs lyrically and musically throughout the recording of (seeing) 'the temple of the living god'.
For those who have enjoyed Neal's previous work, especially his previous release, 'One', this work is every bit as good as anything he has done before, including his output with Spock's Beatd and Transatlantic, and is thoroughly recommended. Truly, if Songs of Praise was anything like as good as this it would have great audience figures!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deven Gadula on 1 Jan 2011
Format: Audio CD
? (2005) is my favorite not only Neal Morse album but it is my most favorite American progressive rock album. Concept-wise, lyric-wise and music-wise. When I first started listening to it I felt that its later part of songs 7-12 were of historic proportions and could have been composed by Pink Floyd or Genesis at the height of their careers. Really, to me structurally as well as in every musical or lyrical detail this work is spectacular. The guitar solo of song 9, would have looked great inside David Gilmour's portfolio and the emotional build up Neal is able to create within song 10 is again, world-class. My problem with a lot of recent progressive rock music is the progression for the sake of itself. I often hear albums with good songs and mediocre songs and minutes of music between songs, taking us from point a to b by a way of a guitar solo succeeded by a drum transition, whatever, but without the constant sense of flow and harmony which seemed to have been there on my favorite Genesis or Yes, Pink Floyd or King Crimson albums. It almost feels like seeing a cart in front of a horse. Our emotional stage should develop naturally upon the experience of creation rather then things should be constructed in a certain way to evoke an emotional feeling within listeners, as is often done. That is why every few years I pick some album revered by the progressive rock community and after few days of trying and hoping but not getting anywhere, I just put it away, and much rather play one of a hundred of my favorite progressive rock albums from 1970s. Perhaps that has to do with the fact that progressive rock is only about a quarter of what I listen to. However, the greatness of this album's entirety comes upon us rather quickly and unquestionably. Structurally everything flows here beautifully.Read more ›
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By alextorres on 27 May 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is only the second Neal Morse album that I've heard, having bough this after listening to Sola Scriptura. The theme is again a religious concept and I know that will put some people off but, if it doesn't, then you are free to enjoy some beautiful music. Whilst this might be termed progressive rock, it is broken up (more so than Sola Scriptura) into 12 songs and makes easy listening. there is plenty of "rock" but gorgeous melodies are never far away! I don't think it's as good as Sola Scriptura, but it's still excellent!
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