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Testimony 2

Neal MorseAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 23, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • ASIN: B004V9J3HM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,249 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Part Six
2. Mercy Street
3. Overture No. 4
4. Time Changer (with Spock's Beard)
5. Jayda
6. Part Seven
7. Nighttime Collectors
8. Time has come Today
9. Jesus' Blood
10. The Truth Will Set You Free
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Absolute Beginner
2. Supernatural
3. Seeds of Gold

Editorial Reviews

In 2003, Neal Morse released his Testimony album. It was an artistic triumph that was and is still considered one of his best to date. With the sequel, Testimony 2, Neal goes even deeper into unchartered musical and lyrical territory. Incorporating the legendary drummer Mike Portnoy and the excellent bassist, Randy George, this breathtaking album is a prog epic with depth that will dazzle and melodies that reach into the soul.

Disc 1 - Testimony 2, the main disc tells us the poignant story of Neal's life from the beginning of Spock's Beard through when his leaving the band in 2002. The brilliant conceptual piece consists of 13 songs in three sections each over twenty minutes long.
Total time: 78:52

Disc 2 consists of 3 great tracks. Two shorter songs and one 26:00 minute prog epic, "Seeds of Gold" which features a guitar solo by famed guitarist, Steve Morse.
Total Time: 36:51

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4.4 out of 5 stars
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Strong Effort from Neal May 24, 2011
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After several spins, I'd have to say that this album ends up being a strong effort that links his earlier musical styles from his Snow/Testimony era to his latest styles found in his Whirlwind/Lifeline era quite adeptly, though I'd certainly rate Testimony 2 as quite a bit stronger than the very uneven Lifeline. While this album does a nice job of incorporating some of the musical themes of Testimony to really make this new album feel like a very natural continuation of the first Testimony album, he also definitely goes quite a ways beyond that musical template to explore some nice progressive styles that end up being very enjoyable and pretty fresh sounding. In fact, I'd say this is a more "progressive" sounding effort than either Testimony 1 or Snow.

There are the traditional Nealesque type of themes and overtures you'd expect from most of his albums, but for the most part, they are different enough to not sound stale or self-derivative. That being said, there are a few parts of the album are very much "been there, done that", like the Gentle Giant-type vocal piece in the track "Time Changer", however in that particular instance I get the sense that it's more an homage to that era of his career with Spock's Beard than a guy running out of new ideas. It's not a "perfect" album like "Bridge Across Forever" or "The Light" and there are a couple of tracks like Jayda that aren't quite on par with the rest of the album, but this is one of Neal's best solo efforts since the One/? albums.

I'd rank this album on par with Snow, Testimony and One. I'd also rank this album ahead of Sola Scriptura and his self-titled solo album, definitely ahead of Lifeline, Beware of Darkness and Kindness of Strangers.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Part Two: The story continues... May 27, 2011
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The last Neal Morse albums I truly enjoyed from start to finish were ? (Question) and Sola Scriptura. Everything after that, while featuring flashes of brilliance, has been hit and miss for me. Neal Morse is an excellent writer, but it was obvious he was running out of steam.

Though not quite on the top level, Testimony 2 is a huge improvement over Morse's past couple of releases, including Songs from the Highway, the covers album, and the disappointing Lifeline. It picks up where the first album left off and continues to chronicle Neal Morse's spiritual journey. Supported by long-time friends, Mike Portnoy on drums and Randy George on bass, Neal Morse has also enlisted a plethora of other guest musicians to enrich his music. There is plenty of violin, cello, viola, and saxophone in the mix, as the album develops themes from the first Testimony disc and subtly glues them together. The music is varied as expected: there is the classically arranged "Mercy Street" that stands out for its use of strings and acoustic guitars; the whacky instrumental "Overture No. 4" with a strong rhythm presence; or the very personal "Jayda," a song about Morse's daughter who was born with a critical heart condition. Also in the mix are a wide range of elements ranging from comtemporary pop to gospel to soulful background vocals (both male and female).

That said, the album's highlights are the more progressive numbers. "Time Changer" sees Morse reuniting with his former bandmates from Spock's Beard. The complex vocal harmonies a la Gente Giant are in one word sublime.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen and Believe June 11, 2011
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Disc One opens with some of the best Neal Morse music writing with the melodic Mercy Street followed by the progressive Overture No. 4. Time changer changes time back to the time of Spocks Beard but even better. These three songs are worth buying the disk for, but Neal never cuts the performance short. The remainder of disc one is solid, but it is disc two that really shines. Absolute Beginner is a great rock hit. Supernatural is one of the best ear candy/harmony/pop hits that I've heard in several years. I will be contacting Word FM to get this on the airwaves. Seeds of Gold is a gem - great song writing with a cool Steve Morse guitar solo. Disk two could easily stand on its own, but along with Neal's second testimony, it is a great combination. Thank you Neal for inspiring others to get closer to Jesus and for writing some of the best music of the 21st century.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as inspired ad Testimony One May 27, 2011
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Don't get wrong, there is a lot of wonderful tunes here I just didn't feel the same goose bumps as I did or do with Testimony 1 or some some of Neal's other solo projects. Still love it though.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Saga Continues June 5, 2011
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After eight years Neal returns to where it started for him after breaking away from Spock's Beard. He continues his spiritual journey and delivers 'Testimony 2'. Thoroughly enjoyable and enough of a difference here to spark anyone's interest. And as I've maintained with Neal, he just blows away anything out there in contemporary Christian music today because who else out there is delivering a seventy eight minute concept cd these days in the Christian market? I'll answer that straight away - "No One!" But, unless you're not listening to prog you've probably not heard of him. I've introduced Neal's music to a lot of people over the years because they just don't know who he is. He's off the radar, but the best music out there isn't coming from the radio or from the big record labels. It's coming from independent artists such as Neal who can mold the music to their way and no one elses. The opening tracks are fantastic and he reconnects with Spock's Beard in the song 'Time Changer'. While there really isn't anything earth shattering here, you just know what to expect when you pick up a cd from Neal. Great music overall. While some will say it's redundant to his other epic concept cd's which might be true in some regards, it's still an excellent cd. Listen to the words and music and you will be moved. And as is usually the case Neal always throws in those bonus tracks which are always a nice treat.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good condition , great album.
Published 16 days ago by Edward Pampani
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Buying everything this guy had his hands on!!! Buy it now and see for yourself!!! Great guitar work - excellent!!!
Published 18 months ago by Granny
5.0 out of 5 stars Neal Morse - Part II Of His Life Story
Testimony II is a sequel to Neal Morse's "Testimony" album that he put out after leaving Spock's Beard. Read more
Published on October 5, 2012 by Steven Sly
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his bests!
By far one of his bests releases since One,deep & moving lyrics and catchy songs this album is what Neal Morse is at his best.
Published on September 17, 2011 by JoB
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy sequel, though it may leave you itching for something new.
A sequel is a tricky thing, especially in music. It should in many respects be similar to the original work, but not TOO similar, otherwise it feels like a re-hash. Read more
Published on August 26, 2011 by Aaron Saraco
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth more than 1 listen
This guy came thru town w his large band recently, and we saw them not knowing much about him or his history. Read more
Published on August 25, 2011 by dan sawyer
3.0 out of 5 stars Music is great but lyrics are annoying...
The music is super great, but I find the lyrics super annoying... All the album sounds like a Sunday morning at the church...
Published on August 16, 2011 by Sinner
5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece from Mr. Morse
This is more of what you would come to expect if you've listened to any of Morse's solo work or Spock's Beard. Read more
Published on August 7, 2011 by D. Orosz
4.0 out of 5 stars N. Morse is able to take the best style from Spock's Beard, as well as...
Finally, the present effort by Neal Morse is able to take the best style from his last era with Spock's Beard (at the time of "Snow"), as well as from the most "metal... Read more
Published on July 24, 2011 by Lethe
5.0 out of 5 stars tested twice
The second testimony, is the continuation of where the first one stopped.
The first one was already a perfect peace of work, that grabbed me by my throat when I was listening... Read more
Published on June 26, 2011 by jan hoorn
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