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Ponder the Mystery (feat. Billy Sherwood)

October 8, 2013 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 8, 2013
  • Label: Cleopatra Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2013 Cleopatra Records
  • Total Length: 1:05:02
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B00FASQP42
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,573 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Not a bad album.
Mike Aaron
These guys lay down a truly luscious sonic landscape for Shatner's beautiful, and very personal, poetry.
ConvinceX
I could not wait for the CD to end.
Hank

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mark J. Sieber on October 22, 2013
Format: Audio CD
I am a huge fan of Shatner's Has Been, and I liked Seeking Major Tom a lot, too. So I was looking forward to this release with great anticipation. I am somewhat disappointed in the results.

I can't fault Mr. Shatner. His delivery is sure and compelling, and while after only a couple of listens I am not completely familiar with his lyrics, it is obvious that he put his heart and soul into this album.

The guest list for Ponder the Mystery is impressive, and they all turn in excellent performances. In fact, all the music is first rate.

I hate to do so, but I have to echo some of the sentiments about Billy Sherwood. He is a gifted musician, and he undoubtedly worked hard on this project, but his droning vocals get to be really hard to take. They are distracting and often irritating.

I liked the other Shatner albums so much I sprang for the pricy vinyl release of Ponder the Mystery, and I wish I hadn't. A download would have been good enough. I do love the orange and cobalt blue vinyl though.

I will continue to ponder this mystery, and perhaps my opinion will change.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Literate Reviewer on November 17, 2013
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What is there to say? The album is decent and as typically intrpospective as his previous full length album of original material, "Has Been." It just has one massive downflaw. Billy Sherwood's production doesn't work. Spoken word broken up with very bad vocals. I like Shatner's songs, but I wish there would be a stripped down version that ditched many of the elements of Sherwood's productions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cello Mike on January 20, 2014
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Let's face it: the words "a new William Shatner album" don't generate breathless anticipation for many people, but I have to admit that this one is pretty good. I am a longtime fan of both Star Trek and progressive rock, and this confluence of both worlds was more than enough to pique my interest. The music is very good! Billy Sherwood writes and performs some of his most focused and melodic tunes to accompany Mr. Shatner's spoken word recitations of his own verses. And what verses! They are very personal and reflective, delivered with his warm, measured tones. There is candor, sadness, humor and wonder in equal measure. He unabashedly ruminates about mortality and the meaning of existence--surely topics that preoccupy him greatly at this stage in his life. Yet the melancholy gives way to joy and optimism by the time the album concludes. Mr. Shatner celebrates the fact that has seen a lot and done a lot. And he continues to work at a breakneck pace that would exhaust a man half his age. I only gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because there is an implied finality that does sadden me. William Shatner is an imperfect man who has led an imperfect though storied existence. Were this to be his final artistic statement (it won't be), it's one that would befit an iconic figure for my generation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GTO on October 16, 2013
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One of the great under-rated poets of his time, Shatner paints a picture of a pensive man sitting on a beach in despair, one hour before Sunset and beyond as darkness sets in. What makes the album "Prog" is not necessarily 100% due to the inclusion of such YES alumni as Rick Wakeman, Tony Kaye and Billy Sherwood and a host of other Proggy-superstars - but in part due to the progressive, thought-provoking questions that his lyrics attempt to find answers to - a "Must listen" for the Monday morning Existentialists in us all!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mike Aaron on October 15, 2013
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Not a bad album. Better than his last one, Seeking Major Tom, but a far cry from Has Been which was a fantastic album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nenna on November 23, 2013
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I've been playing this CD in the car and the more I listen to it, the more I like it. William Shatner does a good job with this. The lyrics are worth listening to. I recommend this CD. Nice work, Captain Kirk!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By harmono on October 23, 2013
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Although I enjoyed watching the Stark Trek TV shows I never thought I would have any William Shatner album. What got me to buy this was the fact that I had bought the previous two releases of Billy Sherwood, which are the Prog Collective albums, and I am a Yes fan. This is much like the Prog Collective work, but it's more fun to listen to. Shatner's spoken words add another dimension to the music. Perhaps it's like the Moody Blues and Mike Pinder reciting poems on Days of Future Passed. It's just more relaxing, playful, yet serious at times. It's like a breath of fresh air. The tracks are fresh sounding. It has most of what I'm looking for in progressive rock. Actually some of the things I didn't like about Prog Collective/Sherwood albums are not a problem with this. The spoken word makes you think, and it's kind of funny, but serious at the same time. This would be great to listen to when looking at the stars, or going on a trip in the wilderness. I think part of the reason I'm enjoying this, is because I've developed more of a taste for Sherwood's stuff and maybe he's getting better. When Sherwood was in Yes, it wasn't the best stuff, but vocally and lyrically it was good.
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By Brad N. on November 24, 2014
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Shatner is good. His lyrics and vocal stylings (such as they are) are as interesting as ever. But, goodness gracious, what horrible backing vocals. They are cringe-worthy.

Shatner is as good as he was on "Has Been." And the best you can say for this album is that the weak artistry behind him still allows tracks 2, 3, 7, and 8 to shine fairly well. But this is an iffy purchase, at best. If you haven't heard Shatner's "Has Been," start there first. That's a great album.
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