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have a little consideration and stop preaching
on 7 January 2006
I am one of those that really love the Neal Morse albums, up to a point. They do get a bit samey but if you're into that sound and style then they're cool. From that perspective this is no different and probably much stronger than Testimony or One musically.
However, the religious lyrics - as a 'non-believer' - do come across as incredibly preachy and grating, and much as I try to ignore them ultimately they put me off even listening to the albums more than a couple of times, and this is no exception, let alone buying them and keeping them. He'd probably sell a lot more if he recorded the album twice with an alternate set of lyrics - i don't really care what they are about, I just wish he'd stop ramming god down my throat and let me enjoy the music without feeling like he's trying to convert me - it makes my skin crawl.
Musically this is very similar to the Transatlantic and Spock's Beard albums - if you haven't bought/heard those, get them in preference to this, unless you particularly want to 'share the message'.
If you can tune out the lyrics this album gets four stars
If the lyrics are going to annoy you then it drops to a two
If you've heard loads of the previous Neal Morse/Spock's Beard/Transatlantic and are bored with the similar kind of feel this is going to do nothing to change your mind, but it's a very good example of that style so probably a three in that instance.
Sorry to be so schizoid, but the whole religious aspect is very likely to play an important part in your like/dislike of this album and I wouldn't recommend buying this album 'cold', check it out if you can first.