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The concept of "Snow" may have some similarities to "Tommy" and "Powder", but whatever those similarities may be, there are also many differences too. Tommy was a victim of circumstances and his parents. He did not select his path, nor could he be aware of what was happening, giving that he was "...deaf, blind and dumb." Powder had the potential to be Snow, but the story there was more about prejudice and understanding (or the lack thereof), than Snow's story.
Snow exits the world at an early age (mentally), refusing to deal with the torment to which he is subjected. Eventually he wakes up and leaves home, going to New York City. There he witnesses the downside of life, the homeless, prostitutes, and drug addicts. Snow senses these people need something or someone to help them, and believes he can help them. Apparently Snow is able to provide people help, and though perhaps not quite messianic, he does get a big head. However, a girl pops his balloon and he realizes that it was his vanity that has made him believe he was any different than that boy he once was being tormented by other children.Read more ›
This album doesn't just stay there in your CD player - I couldn't listen to it for more than an hour through a few days. I didn't actually like any single song in whole, they seemed too 'christian' or even 'Kelly family' (to say the worst) to me. I'd been listening to much heavier hard-rock and metal before I got this, so I was a bit disappointed with the album, and all people on the web kept on singing heavenly anthems for it. I just didn't get it. But, I paused listening to it for a few days, and melodies started to come back to my head. I couldn't stop singing Long Time Suffering. And that was it. I suddenly started to like it, song by song.
At first it sounds like some average rock playing, with some gospel or christian influences, and some prog-likeness as well. Not very attractive at all. Don't throw it away! Leave it in your CD player for a few days more.
This album has a texture that shows after a month of listening to, or so. Its simplicity is mischieving, there is a whole lot of enregetic, fun and spontanous rock playing there, as well as sheer musicianship. It's incredibly deep, coherent and thought-over. Spock's Beard, and especially Neal Morse are very intelligent people and excellent musicians. All the melodies are introduced almost unnoticed, to come back later and give you that nostalgy chill over your body. All the songs are excellent, either by themselves or as a part of the whole. The arrangements are genial. This is musicianship that is only achieved by true geniuses, and I have heard only a few of them. Neal Morse one of them. Too bad he left the band and gave up rock.
Why do I call it an "album for life"? It saved me, I can say something like that.Read more ›
While I am disappointed to see that no song on here tops 10 minutes (IMO, no one can write a long song like Neal), there is certainly no less music here. At nearly two hours in length, we have here a full-fledged double concept album reminiscent of the glory days of "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" and the aforementioned "Wall". And, although my opinion is not shared by everyone, I personally think it is every bit as good as those albums, in fact, I think it's even better. Despite the many criticisms, I think this is a stellar album. There's plenty of diversity, the musicianship is tight, and the melodies are just beautiful. Neal really does have an incredible ear for melody.
The album starts out soft and peaceful with "Made Alive", and launches into an awesome uptempo overture. The story is of an albino man (nicknamed Snow) who moves to New York, and struggles with life, love, and his newly discovered healing powers. It sounds a bit like a ripoff of the movie "Powder", but the story is completely different, and I think, just as good. There are fun, rocking parts ("Freak Boy", "Welcome to NYC", "Devil's Got My Throat"), and softer, more emotional parts ("Love Beyond Words", "Wind At My Back"), and everything fits together perfectly.Read more ›
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Spock's Beard has many commendable ideas, but ultimately the band feels more like they're determined to blend Genesis with King Crimson and end up sounding like total rip offs. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bryan
Just what I was expecting - an excellent cd from an excellent band! Great condition with all of the components in place and in good condition.Published 15 months ago by Tom W.
Thus far, undoubtedly one of the best albums in their discography. Spock's Beard under Neil Morse had this duality to it that was oddly complimentary: merging pop-rock hooks into... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jeff Potts
they portait themselves as great musicians but at the end they are just a bunch of guys playing. didnt like it. Only one song OKPublished on February 17, 2014 by C Valero
After listening to it several times and getting to know it I think this is a great double CD. The story is good and the music is great. Read morePublished on November 17, 2012 by Scychry
Hard to add anything that's not been said, but if you are on the fence about this one, jump in, I know you'll be glad you did. Read morePublished on July 27, 2012 by Ryan T. Good
So many reviews and words are here .., however those CHICKEN POX BEARD deserves only one word - C R A P.
Nothing much learn about, just random act of stupidness.. Read more