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The album kicks off with "At the End of the Day." The song is 16 minutes of sheer brilliance and one of the best things the band has ever done. It's got great melodies, and the musicianship is outstanding--particularly in the last section. Dave Meros' bass lines are enough to make Geddy Lee stand up and take notice. "Revelation" is another great song with a killer melody. It starts off quiet and unassuming, then rocks out on the choruses. Alan Morse's solos after the bridge are the epitome of power guitar leads. For me, the low point on the CD is "Thoughts (Part II)." Vocally, it's the most complex thing on the disc, but unless you're a Gentle Giant fan, you probably won't truly appreciate it. But you don't have to be a Gentle Giant fan to get into Meros' manic bass solo on the cut.
Inspired by the late Kevin Gilbert, "The Great Nothing" covers an enormous amount of musical ground.Read more ›
V includes 2 prog epics (16 and 27 minutes) which are the highlights of the album. Each song is brilliant, and the different tones and tempos flow together more nicely than those in, say, The Light (where some of the song structures struck me as slightly disjointed). The Great Nothing, the album's grand finale, is one of their most interesting compositions, weaving a gamut of intricate sonic textures beautifully. I would say that this is one of my favorite of the band's many excellent songs. While The Great Nothing's length means it takes a while to sink in, the other epic, At The End Of The Day, is the most accessible prog epic I've ever heard. And while both songs are long, they never break down into monotonous plodding. The lengthy and complex instrumental passages are wonderful, and the lyrical portions - which are strange at times - are concurrently catchy and thought-provoking.
Balancing out the epics are four shorter songs for 'normal' people, although I think the prog-meisters and SB fans can still appreciate them. Thoughts Part II is probably the best of these, as it stands as the most 'proggy' of the shorter tunes.Read more ›
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Melodic development is amazing on this recording, especially the first and last long pieces. Just amazing stuff that I want to listen to over and over again...Published 22 months ago by Robert Boehm
As a whole, this album rocks, sure it is only 6 songs but each has a unique blend of musicianship, warmth, rock and really has a touch that sticks out. Read morePublished on December 9, 2013 by JoB
I am a huge fan of mainstream prog rock, and I have been listening to Yes, Marillion and Genesis for basically my entire life. Read morePublished on May 10, 2013 by Todd Slater
Sure, SB are the sum of the great prog rock parts but they do it so damned well. Pick out a Gentle Giant riff here, an ELP keyboard solo there or a YES (Chris Squire) bass lick... Read morePublished on December 12, 2008 by Pauly Paranthropus
After two somewhat inconsistent albums Spock's Beard came back in a big way with "V" in 2000. This album is a masterpiece all the way through. Read morePublished on April 9, 2008 by Steven Sly
By the late 1970s, the 1960s counterculture had fizzled out, the classic English symphonic progressive style had all but completely dissolved and groups that fused aspects of the... Read morePublished on March 20, 2008 by Jeffrey J.Park
Thank God for bands like Spock's Beard, who have done a great job at keeping the spirit of prog alive. Read morePublished on March 17, 2008 by Minkosaurus
These guys are obviously talented. It has everything a fan of progressive rock is looking for; tons of different song parts, time changes and key changes galore, and exceptional... Read morePublished on February 25, 2008 by Joey Joe Joe Jr. Shabadoo
It seems like it's almost impossible to find a good old fashioned prog group out there. You've got Porcupine Tree, who's a little too dark for my taste; Dream Theater, too heavy;... Read morePublished on December 29, 2007