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  • Audio CD (April 2, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2013
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B00BC0JI6O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
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2013 release, the 11th album from the Progressive rockers. Brief Nocturnes... is the band's first studio album since 2012's X. The album is the first without drummer/vocalist Nick D'Virgilio, who was replaced by Enchant vocalist Ted Leonard and former touring drummer Jimmy Keegan. Brief Nocturnes... was produced by Rich Mouser, Alan Morse and John Boegehold.

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I have been a Spock's Beard fan from the beginning.
Steven Sly
I listened to this album several times at first and liked it more and more with each listen.
Dogboy
The first disc is full of great songs, without a weak one in the bunch.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Glenn O. Kirms on April 2, 2013
Format: Audio CD
The new album for Spock's Beard surely delivers. Stepping up to the plate as Spock's new lead singer is Ted Leonard (Enchant, Xen, Thought Chamber, Affector) and this might cause some concern for fans as Ted's voice is totally different than Neal's and Nick's. But, from what I've heard and I've listened to it already several times (as I had pre-ordered it from their website and it arrived way before the scheduled release date) this album definitely rocks. While it might change direction to a degreee I might say this is one of their best releases to date. While I still consider 'V' their best release overall I believe Ted does justice to the songs and each song is well thought out and delivered. One long song on the album, 'Waiting For Me' clocking in at around 12 minutes, but nothing here on this release as a multiple part song. Ted throws in a little spirtiual influence with the first track 'Hiding Out' and the band redoes his track 'Submerged' from his 2007 solo release. Overall, if you love Spock's Beard, but love Ted's voice from listening to Enchant you will not be disappointed here. Great album for 2013 and well worth the wait.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By JoB on April 2, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Wow, I was amazed at how good this album was. Both discs were amazing, although I liked the second disc better. It has a mix of both, a bit of rock, a bit of prog, a bit of everything to say the least. Ted Leonard fit in real well in the band, his voice was awesome. A lot of tracks here were amazing, most of them I'd have to say were from the second disc. Great musicianship as always, great lyrics and play. Hopefully they release another album with Leonard, he was missed in the prog world with his voice since Enchant stopped playing in 2003. Again, great album and great cover too.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By DiscConnected on April 3, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Almost a decade after releasing their first effort without Neal Morse singing vocals, the Beard is back, breaking in a new vocalist (and a new drummer) to fill in for the departed Nick D'Virgilio.

Stepping up behind the microphone is Ted Leonard, who has a vocal style that is very different from either Nick or Neal, but who has a fair amount of "prog" cred from his tenure with Enchant, as well as on various side projects (Xen, Thought Chamber and most recently, Affector).

I love Enchant, so when I heard Ted Leonard named as Nick's replacement, I was hopeful that this would provide a chemistry that would click. Jimmy Keegan, who had been their drummer on tour for years, was a no-brainer.

But could the band weather another change in lead vocalist?

More importantly, would the band be able to write songs and craft an album that would hold together with their back catalogue?

Yes on both counts.

I thought the previous album, X, was the band's best effort since V.

The fact that the new CD, Brief Nocturnes & Dreamless Sleep was not titled with a Roman numeral left me a little concerned, but while I would still rank it below both of those titles, that does not keep the album from being a fine slice of prog and a worthy addition to their canon.

This album is an excellent effort, with well-written songs and creative arrangements. The band are tight, with Jimmy and Ted sounding like they've been in the mix for years.

The songs do a good job of taking influences from each of the band's two prior eras, and are full of progression 'twists' and big endings.

The second CD (with one bonus cut if you ordered from the band's pre-order campaign) is short, but the songs are good, and overall, this is a quite solid effort.

Recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mxyzptlk on April 6, 2013
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I purchased this from bandcamp.com in March and I rate this as one of the best albums of 2013 so far. Spock's Beard has crafted another excellent musical experience in this album that continues on the tradition of their music, mixing an almost stadium rock sound with the complexities and quirkiness of progressive rock based elements. When I listen to this album I usually have to listen to it from start to finish, it's so good it's hard to listen to just a couple/few songs without just playing it all the way through. To be honest I enjoyed Brief Noctures and Dreamless Sleep more than Steven Wilson's The Raven That Refused To Sing (which is a great album in its own right), but I find that BNaDS is more of an entertaining listening experience to me .

A heads up for potential buyers, if you're going to buy this either get the 2 CD version or find a place like Bandcamp.com to get the full download version from. The mp3 album here on Amazon is not the complete version, it is 5 songs short.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By I. Mitchell on April 17, 2013
Format: Audio CD
This is the first Spock's Beard album since drummer/vocalist Nick D'Virgilio departed and was replaced by touring drummer Jimmy Keegan and Enchant vocalist Ted Leonard. I'd never completely warmed to the albums with D'Virgilio as lead singer - while their songwriting gradually improved I never really felt he was the right singer. This new incarnation is off to a very promising start though. While I don't think Keegan is as creative as D'Virgilio, he's still a very competent drummer. The big improvement comes from Ted Leonard though - I think he's a much more versatile and dynamic singer. At times he manages to sound a lot like D'Virgilio, at other times like original singer Neal Morse, and still other times shows his own sound.

The songs themselves are consistently good, with a mix of proggy and catchy moments. I frequently found myself singing along with some of the tracks, particularly Something Very Strange and Treasure Abandoned. The album also features the return of Neal Morse in a songwriting role on 2 tracks, which sound very much like classic Spock's Beard.

If you are able to get the Limited Edition, it's very worthwhile. The extra songs are not throwaways and hold their own with the "main" album; Wish I Were Here also has a welcome return of some of the humour that characterized their early albums. Overall the sound of the album is very distinctly Spock's Beard and should be enjoyed by fans of the band as well as those who like Genesis/Yes influenced prog.
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