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Neal Morse - ? [Aka: Question Mark] CD (album) cover

? [AKA: QUESTION MARK]

Neal Morse

 

Symphonic Prog

4.20 | 585 ratings

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b_olariu
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4 stars Neal Morse is one of the major figures in progressive rock in last 15 years, with each band where he was involved done great things and inventive and monumental passages. He was member of world known Spock's Beard, Transatlantic and also other colaborations with other bands, always keeping high standards. He also has a prolific solo career for more then 10 years, where we can find from medicre to good and even realy brilliant releases. One of his most acomplished album he done over the years and one of the best of the last decade in symphonic prog field is without doubt ? released in 2005 through Inside out. The songwritting the musicianship is top notch, reminescent of his former band Spock's Beard but also from Transatlantic elements taken, he did a great job here, from vocal department to the excellent instrumental passages. The album is like a single ong track dicided in 12 pieces, the flow from one piece to another is natural and very well performed. Also here is a great list of guests like Steve Hackett, Roine Stolt, Jordan Rudess, and his brother Alan Morse. What strike me on this album is how easy musician play or how great is integrated in the music the lyrics, who has like on other solo album of his a spiritual context, neverthe less great used here. The music is great, great and complicated passages, from mellow and acustic portions to more uptempo, the musicians are always in top form every second they play. While Neal never was one of my fav singers from prog zone, I don't know but I found him a little to plae in compartaion of greatness of his music, here he done a great job full of intristing vocal arrangements. The instrumental sections are great, the complexity of some parts are truly amazing, like on Temple Of The Living God and so on. Well a great album for sure, and desearve to be this way, because he realy done it with this album, 4 stars for sure a real listning experience. Recommended , I guess among his best workd since the beggining of his career, and to me better then waht he done with Spock's Beard or Transatlantic.
b_olariu | 4/5 |

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