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Morse, Neal - One (8,5/10) - USA - 2004

Genre: Progressive Rock
Label: InsideOut
Playing time: 79:55
Band homepage: Morse, Neal


  1. The Creation
  2. The Man's Gone
  3. Author Of Confusion
  4. The Separated Man
  5. Cradle To The Grave
  6. Help Me/The Spirit And The Flesh
  7. Father Of Forgiveness
  8. Reunion
Morse, Neal - One

I have to admit that I’m no enthusiastic worshipper of the “new” SPOCK’S BEARD. Their latest album “Feel Euphoria” is no crap, but compared to earlier highlights, it is clearly weaker and didn’t make me feel any euphoria. I’m just missing the voice of one Neal Morse and also his song writing talent. That’s why an album like “One” is exactly what I needed. Because in contrast to the predecessor “Testimony”, Morse delivers really nice, complex mammoth songs again which contain everything SPOCK’S BEARD stood for in the past: insanity and genius. Hardly any other band knows how to change that skilfully between catchiness and complexity. Rapid instrumental passages join catchy choruses the way you know it from SPOCK’S BEARD/TRANSATLANTIC. You can have divided opinions on the album’s lyrical concept. I won’t comment on it, may everybody spread his belief the way he wants to do it. (Hi Glen Benton!) On the album Neal is supported by Mike Portnoy on drums and Randy George on bass, the rest was laid down by the good man himself once again. (sick)


An album every fan of SPOCK’S BEARD should buy, because their last hammer “V” is already 4 years old. In my opinion, this album easily beats both “Snow”, “Feel Euphoria” and also the latest album “Octane”! (Online January 16, 2005)

Ralf Henn

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