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5.0 out of 5 stars It marks the spot, 3 Sep 2010
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A truly welcome and significant return by the band who for some strange reason appear to struggle when it comes to "making it".
They are a great band and this recording displays their considerable talent wonderfully.
Excellent playing - strong songs with articulate arrangements. SB are a seasoned and very experienced band and this is one of their strongest statements yet.
Forget that Neal Morse "was in the band" - he's gone and they have moved on; in fact, I'll really stick my neck out say they are stronger and better!
A really good rock album from a band who believe in what they do and stick to their guns.
Nick D'Virgilio - a very good and highly respected drummer AND a pretty fair vocal lead. Alan Morse - is a darn good guitarist who doesn't hold back here. Dave Meros - has a wonderfully fluid bass style and with NDV makes up a fantastic rhythm section. Then - Ryo Okumoto, who doesn't always get the credit he deserves - his "Hammond" sound is great and he mixes Mellotron, Synth and Piano with consummate ease.
"X" is a very welcome return and they are on form. Like it!!!
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Initial post: 11 Sep 2010 11:09:29 BDT
Totally agree with your review. This is theri best album since V and a more complete album - without any filler.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jan 2011 23:17:18 GMT
R. W. says:
Their best albums seem to be Roman numerals, I look forward to their 50th "L"

It'll be an "L" of an album.

Posted on 7 Dec 2011 12:25:09 GMT
realmusic says:
You are right in that Neal Morse left and the band as a whole have moved on. However, there was a clear drop in the quality of the music from 'Feel Euphoria' to the self-titled 2006 release, which did nothing to help propel them into the limelight, of which they stood on the edge of in 2001. After the release of 'Snow' and Neal Morse' subsequent departure they returned to the niche from whence they came! However, X marks a change in direction with more focus on melody, which I personally, really like. 'X' is a really good album with some great tracks. It is interesting that this change of direction marks the departure of D' Virgilio. Could this be the end or the start of a new beginning?
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