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The odd thing about this disc is that track three, "Is This Love" is actually so bad that I wonder why it is even on the disc. Apparently I was not the only one who noticed, since other reviewers have made the same remark. I still give this album a perfect score, because every second of the rest of the album is just superb. Any fan of modern progressive rock should own this one....this was the most satisfying album in this style I have heard in years. Sophisticated arrangements, complex (yet grooving) interplay between the instruments, and even some wild experimentation with mood and texture that harkens back to the classic SB album "V".
Great musicianship, intelligent and emotive lyrics, and phenomenal performances from all band members....it would be perfect, if not for the inexplicable, glaring blemish of the hokey "Is This Love?"; which just seems so out of context when compared to the rest of the album....every last bit of the rest is compelling, innovative, passionate, and amazing. Awesome! The band has finally gelled into a lean, mean machine. Gentlemen, my hat is off to you!
I would say that 70% of this album embodies everything that originally turned me into a Beard fan many years ago....memorable compositions, nice vocals and harmonies and great musicianship from all involved. Now don't get me wrong, this is no 'Kindness of Strangers', but many of the songs are not far behind that great release in terms of memorable, quirky SB music. My favorites would be "All Thats Left", "Slow Crash Landing Man", "On a Perfect Day", "With Your Kiss", "Skeletons at the Feast" and the underrated epic "As Far as the Mind Can See" (which very well may be my stand-out pick of the album). As for the rest of the album, it's somewhat "hit and miss"....Read more ›
This is one of those albums that ought to be really good, but because there is so much going on, so many musical directions and contradictions, that I wind up scratching my head wondering what the band has in mind or what kind of statement they were trying to make. It's like they didn't know themselves so they ended up putting everything on it and hoped the epic length of this album would make up for its lack of focus and direction. I'd rather have a tight and focused 45 minute CD than a CD that runs for 80 minutes and loses my interest. There are as many uninspiring or poorly composed tracks as there are good tracks.
Ok, here's what I like. I like the fact that Dave Meros has become one of their principal song writers since his body of work starting with Feel Euphoria is the strongest and most consistent since Neal left. I love the sounds that Ryo gets on this CD. He's really opened up his palate and has some of his best playing on any Beard CD. And as usual the sound is amazing.
Favorite tracks: On A Perfect Day, Skeleton's At The Feast, Slow Crash Landing Man, As Far As The Mind Can See and Rearranged.
So for me it's a mixed bag. Some really good music lost among some several other dull pieces that keep this album from building any kind of momentum and leaving me wanting more. Maybe for their next project they should bring in an outside producer to help tighten up their writing.
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Well here you can find another controversial album, not only for the lacking creative hand of Neal Morse, but also because these American guys have already expressed their ability... Read morePublished on November 8, 2009 by Lethe
I don't often write reviews, but I've been enjoying this CD so much lately that I had to say something. I love all the Neal Morse era SB and his solo/side project works. Read morePublished on January 22, 2009 by K. Gress
This is the best SB in a long time, and would have been even better if they had left track 3 out. Track 3 is a blatent attempt at "radio friendly" music, guess I can't blame them... Read morePublished on August 28, 2007 by Roger S.