Alan Morse
Four O'olock and Hysteria
Style: Instrumental Progressive Rock
Release date: April 23rd 2007

I feel I have been very fortunate and blessed lately with some really excellent and innovative new albums from all over the metal spectre. But first solo album from Spock's Beard guitarist Alan Morse had me scratching my head more than once...

I am a big Spock's Beard fan and ever since Alan's brother Neal left the band, he (Alan) has grown as a musician and songwriter, which a quick listen to the 3 albums they've released since Neal's departure clearly shows. 'Four O'clock and Hysteria' is something he has been harbouring for a very long time, an ambition to show and express himself in a more passionate way.

The result is this instrumental roller-coaster ride with its ups and downs, mostly down if you ask me. No doubt he is a very gifted musician, and the supporting cast is equally gifted; joining him on this album is the whole Spock's gang, his brother Neal (who also co-produced the album), a brilliant line-up of brilliant studio musicians and violinist Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra).

The variety of styles ranges from country (Drive in Shuffle), bluesy jazz (R Bluz), acoustic AOR (Major Buzz), fusion (Cold Fusion), funk (First Funk & Dschungle Cruz) to hard rock (The Rite of Left). And I must admit that this does not rock my world in any way... sure there are bits and pieces of interest, and some the leads are very good. But only a few things stick in my mind after listening to the album, and I have really given it a fair chance...

I have nothing but the utmost respect for Alan Morse as a guitarist and as a song writer, but I must admit that this release is only for hard core Spock's Beard fans and other guitarists, who like to listen other fret board equilibrists' ideas expressed thru music...


Label: InsideOut Music
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: March 23rd 2007