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Neal Morse: ?

Read "?" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Multi-instrumentalist/vocalist/composer Neal Morse once again conveys his spirituality, set to progressive rock music, on this multifaceted presentation. He's an eloquent storyteller, regardless of whether he's being dogmating or simply dishing out a good-natured vibe. And there's no doubt about it: Morse's conviction cannot be reproached. Together with the ensemble's knotty time signatures and flair for the dynamic, the leader also gets his word across via sanguine intervals and appealing melodies. Think of classic Yes mixed with a contemporary progressive rock ...

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Spock's Beard: V

Read "V" reviewed by Michael Askounes


Like it or not, there is no doubt that Spock's Beard is one of today's most successful progressive rock acts. Its leader - keyboardist, guitarist and vocalist Neal Morse - is about as prolific as a composer can be, releasing three CDs within the course of a year. The first one was a self-titled solo album, which showed Neal changing direction with several short and accessible pop songs. Then in early 2000, Neal teamed up with musicians from Flower Kings, ...

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Jim Matheos: Away With Words

Read "Away With Words" reviewed by Michael Askounes


Jim Matheos apparently decided that he needed a break from the metal-prog din of his day job as Fates Warning guitarist, so he went out and got himself a “new-agey" trio of musical buddies and recorded Away With Words , a severe departure from his work with Fates Warning that will invoke images of Michel Flatley's “Lord of the Dance" rather than headbanging prog-heads. The result is a mixed bag of “smooth jazz," complete with Tony Levin inspired bass riffs ...


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