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VINE VOICEon 30 March 2004
Spock's Beards first album, "The Light" was always going to be a hard act to follow. That album was a bold first statement from these American prog rockers. It's four tracks, three over 12 minutes in length, mixed the classic prog sounds of Yes and Genesis with the bands own already well developed style. That album firmly established the band from the outset. This second album didn't try to repeat the formula but included shorter as well as the lengthier pieces. Although not as audacious as that first album, Neal Morse's songwriting never fails to impress with strong melodic ideas. This is more of a full band effort, with keyboardist Ryo Okumoto now fully integrated. They effortlessly tackle the vocally and instrumentally complex "Thoughts", the first in a series of Gentle Giant inspired pieces. The lengthy "The Doorway" is classic Spocks' Beard, beautifully developed over it's 11 minutes plus. Particularly pleasing is the almost radio friendly "Waste Away" with it's very catchy chorus. This remastered release is part of InsideOut's re-issue of the first three albums and comes handsomely packaged. The booklet includes insightful notes on each track by Neal Morse and a couple of demo versions are included for completeness. Easily recommended to anyone interested in progressive rock.
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on 2 November 2013
A classic from Spock's Beard in their halcyon days when the amazing Neil Morse was at the helm. The influences are apparent (e.g. the fantastic "Thoughts" owes a very great deal to Gentle Giant) but that doesn't detract at all from the pleasure of the music. True quality from musicians to cherish.
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on 31 July 2012
No one want to mention that 'Waste Away' could have been written and performed by Cat Stevens, or Yusuf someone? I would recommend the album, all the same, oh and 'Tea For The Tillerman' too.
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on 10 April 2013
This is a good prog album but nothin like rush at times i think they want to be. Five stars for a good album its a new prog band well since the ninetys and they are good.
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on 14 March 2016
Totally love it
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on 16 March 2015
Gob-smacking!
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on 10 September 2015
Great!
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on 29 March 2013
Yes or Genesis, make your mind up lads. Personally I'd prefer something new and there are parts of this album that are inovative...just not enough of it.
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