Spock's Beard
Spock's Beard

Release date: November 17th 2006
InsideOut Music

Distribution: Target (Denmark)


Rating: 75/100
Reviewed by:
Kenn Jensen
December 5th 2006

Ever since Neal Morse left Spock's Beard I think the band has been struggling to find their identity and this album is only a small step in the right direction.

The album kicks off with "On a Perfect Day" a song, that easily could have been on any of the earlier Spock's albums with Neal Morse, but things quickly changes and during the remaining 70 minutes there are only small bits and pieces, which reminds me of early (Neal) days. I think they are trying too hard on this album to distance themselves from their past, and maybe there are too many songwriters in the band?

Sure it's cool with new inputs, and for most parts they work out just fine, but there are a few bumps along the road, which I could have done without. This is still a fine collection of Spock songs, and I do think the album do finish on a very high note with "As Far As the Mind can See" (divided into 4 parts) and "Rearranged", those 2 are some the best songs they have created in a long time. Just take a listen to Part III: "They Know We Know", truly amazing!

Fans do not need to worry, the prog rock combined with AOR melodies is still present and they are still innovative and moving forward...

Good one!