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Neal MorseAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 1, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • ASIN: B000BI1YJW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,530 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10. Entrance
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12. The Temple Of The Living God

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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could Possibly Be Neal's Best Work, Period! November 21, 2005
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As a longtime Spock's Beard and Transatlantic fan (not to mention Neal's solo work), I know what angst the title of this review might cause in some fans. I have followed Neal since "The Light" burst Spock's Beard on the scene, and helped to usher in a new, "third wave" of prog rock that is still going strong. Like many other fans, I too was upset when Neal left SB (and TA) at the height of their popularity because of his newfound embrace of evangelical Christianity. In hindsight it seems a really brave thing to do for the sake of one's faith (to make a clean break with the past). and thus I have come to respect his solo work on its own terms, since Neal is still such a great prog-rock talent. Since leaving SB, he's replaced the rest of the band with first-rate musicians such as Mike Portnoy (!) and Randy George, and has more or less replaced the lyrics of SB tunes with Christian-themed verses. This has been tough for some of the old SB crowd to swallow, but the fact remains that Neal is still putting out some great music (something that even his least religious fans will grudgingly admit).

Now, with Neal's new album, "?", many of Neal's fanbase will need to reinterpret their position on his entire body of work. I believe this to be perhaps the best thing he has done in his entire career. Here's why:

1. This album comes extremely close to capturing the old Transatlantic vibe (not too surprising since three of the four TA members play here), and even takes it a step further by adding some hard-edged Dream Theater-esque riffs, likely arising from the guest presence of DT and Liquid Tension Experiment member Jordan Rudess.

2. It also goes a long way to recapturing the Spock's Beard magic.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The question has been answered November 1, 2005
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Neal Morse's new solo album ? embarks on excellent songwriting as always. It is rich in progressive rock elements reminiscent of his former bands Spock's Beard and Transatlantic; as well as his previous solo works, in that it is a continuation of his spiritual and musical journey. ? is a single long-form composition divided into twelve tracks. Other than that, the flow from one piece to another is so seamless and natural that some parts of the melodies actually bleed into the following track without the listener noticing it. Furthermore, there are certain themes, melodies or subtle lyrical references used in more than one song to tie each piece together and suggest a sense of wholeness.

Arguably Morse's most progressive solo work, this album features an incredibly impressive list of guests, added to his long-time rhythm section consisting of Randy George on bass and Mike Portnoy on drums. Alan Morse, Neal's brother from Spock's Beard, returns to the fold to offer his guitar talents along with Roine Stolt from The Flower Kings (Morse also appears on Stolt's upcoming solo album by the way). However, the biggest surprise for me was the addition of Genesis mastermind Steve Hackett, whose unique and easily identifiable phrasing and tone set him apart from pretty much everyone else out there. Last but not the least, Dream Theater's keyboard wizard Jordan Rudess also graces ? with timeless synth solos that duel with both Alan Morse and Roine Stolt's lead guitars. As usual, there are a good dose of cellos, violins, horn sections, bag pipes, and Mark Leniger's trademark saxophone sounds to enrich the compositional qualities of the songs, interwoven into the mix thanks to Neal Morse's amazing skill for song arrangement and production.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Work Of A True Musical Genius April 1, 2006
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There are few musical artists alive today that I would dare call "Musical Geniuses". To earn this esteemed honor, they must be able to consistently churn out exciting, interesting, catchy and thought provoking music that takes influences from a multitude of different genres, and mixes them all together into something truly original. Stephen Wilson (Porcupine Tree) is one. Another is Neal Morse. With his third solo release since leaving "Spock's Beard", Neal Morse has once again produced a true masterpiece. I have to admit that after listening to his previous release "One" over and over again because it was so incredible and infectious, I thought he surely had reached the pinnacle of his career. "One" was such an unbelievable work; it had to be his Magnum Opus. How could he possibly top it? How could anyone? I actually put off buying "?" because I thought anything Neal did from that point forward would have to pale by comparison. Was I ever wrong! This CD is Neal Morse's finest work by far!

The CD starts out rather subtly, but only so it can draw you in slowly. Then it just grabs on and refuses to let go. The flow of the album is absolutely superb, changing tempo and melodies at the perfect moments every time. At some points it's simple and beautiful; at other times intricate and complex, and at some points it just plain rocks out hard. Not really a collection of songs, "?" is more like one big composition that is meant to be listened to as a whole. The music incorporates a myriad of influences: As one would expect, you can hear some ELP, Kansas, King Crimson, and Yes in the mix (this is after all, a Prog album) but at times it takes a turn toward jazz, drifts over to mid-eastern music and touches base with classical and traditional choral music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'a place inside that the world can't buy'
? (2005) is my favorite not only Neal Morse album but it is my most favorite American progressive rock album. Concept-wise, lyric-wise and music-wise. Read more
Published on December 31, 2010 by Deven Gadula
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Incredible
I love this disc! Absolutely incredible compositions and performances. I highly recommend it (to Christians and non-Christians alike).
Published on November 12, 2010 by Rjfunk
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Neal's Best
As others have mentioned, Neal's "?" is some of his best work to date. He has outstanding guest stars (Jordan Ruddess, Alan Morse, Steve Hackett, Roine Stolt) as well as his usual... Read more
Published on March 9, 2010 by Label
3.0 out of 5 stars One mod-prog pseudo-epic wannabe religious trip worth taking
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Of course it isn't the hour long intense trip into the heart of a God, but aside from a few clunkers, ? Read more
Published on January 25, 2009 by IRate
3.0 out of 5 stars Read the Good as well as the Bad Reviews before buying
Somehow I thought Neal Morse's CD "?" was going to be like Rick Wakeman, Larry Fast, or even early Alan Parson's theme music. Read more
Published on November 22, 2007 by PhiloX
5.0 out of 5 stars Neal Morse - Keeps It Coming With Another Strong Release
Yet another great solo album from Mr. Morse and company. Along with his usual cohorts Portnoy, George, and Keaggy, the album also contains appearances by Roine Stolt (The Flower... Read more
Published on October 17, 2007 by Steven Sly
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Self indulgement But Very Good
Progressive rock's Neal Morse is a very extremly talented dude. ? is a masterpiece in Progressive rock. I am Roman Catholic and love the lyrics in this album. Read more
Published on July 29, 2007 by Jeff Weselinski
4.0 out of 5 stars What's the Title?
I figured I'd write my review on this since I wrote a review on Sola Scriptura today. With this release Neal really isn't trending in any new direction musically. Read more
Published on March 11, 2007 by Glenn O. Kirms
5.0 out of 5 stars A prog masterpiece...keep your minds open
I won't re-hash what the other reviewers have already said so eloquently. To sum it up, this album is indeed wonderful, "a masterpiece," and IMHO should be added to any serious... Read more
Published on March 7, 2007 by S. Killmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another amazing album from Neal
? was Neal's third solo prog album and deals with the topic of the Tabernacle, which, to my understanding, was a traveling temple the Old Testament Jewish tribes used for worship. Read more
Published on February 14, 2007 by Sakos
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