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A towering, stunning piece of work
on 24 July 2017
I've been a fan of Neal Morse since first discovering Spock's Beard in the nineties. Hearing the Beard for he first time was a revelation: here was a band unafraid to write, produce and perform progressive music at a time when the genre was still very much in the doldrums with rock's critics and writers. Morse's vocals reminded me so much of a throatier John Lennon and the idea of a singer sounding like one of my (late) idols fronting a prog rock outfit tickled me no end. Over the years I drifted away from both the Beard and Morse but still retained a fondness for both. Then, a while ago, I came across this album while browsing Amazon, as you do. To be honest, I bought this simply because it was cheaper than some of his other stuff and the reviews were, well, glowing. At around a fiver it was a no brainier. When it came I was blown away. Here was a CD that grabbed you by the throat from the start: a towering, stunning, monumental piece of work that is in equal parts hard, soft, electric, acoustic, choral, beautiful, melodious, inspiring and nigh on perfect. Everything just works: the chord sequences, the arrangements, the production, the creativity, the playing - my God, the playing is sublime - and, to top it off, Morse's voice. Apologies for the hyperbole but this CD really is that good. To think that a trio of Morse, drummer Mike Portnoy (of course) and bass player Randy George - plus various others - could produce such incredible music is amazing. Indeed, I would say that Momentum is one of the fines examples of prog rock I have ever heard. And that's saying something.