This review, is in part a tribute to the brilliance of the reviewer below (Daniel Jolley), who has written one of the most persuasive passages I have ever read. After reading it, I immediately bought the record. There is no need for me to go into huge detail on it, but there are some points to be made.
However much one tries to deny it, you can not escape the fact that this record is ridiculous. It might be a better world, or i might be a better person if i could judge a piece of art solely on its merits. Try as i might, i can not get away from the fact that William Shatner is absolutely mad. The spoken parts of this album are, I would say, not actually acted. I honestly think Shatner believed he was Hamlet. Honestly. The music is by no means bad though, in fact, there are some nice workings of tracks like 'Lucy In...' with full choirs.
So, why does it have to recieve 5 stars? Because Shatner's madness is exactly what makes this such a good record, and here, I totally agree with Mr. Jolley. I struggle to think of an album where the emotion is so raw. Once you hear it, you can understand more the choice of front cover, the songs and the style. It is utterly ludicrous, but there's so much passion in it! It's nice to hear a record which despite being a product of outrageous self-importance, is so passionately felt.