Saturday 3 October 2020

Spock's Beard - Spock's Beard (2006)

The ninth album from this US band.

The band is a quartet with a lineup of timpani, drums, percussion, bass, guitars, sitar, keyboards and vocals.

The band was helped out by some strings and woodwinds on this album.

Spock's Beard has delivered some very good albums on their eight previous albums. My expectations before reviewing this album was pretty big.

This album is eighty minutes long. I guess giving this album a self-titled name is a way of saying a new start. I do not see much of that in the music. But there may be other factors here.

The music is again US symphonic prog. It is a mix of Kansas and Genesis/Yes. Between US and UK symphonic prog from the 1970s.

That has made this band into the standard bearer of the US symphonic prog scene. 

The band has become slightly more rock orientated on this album. The songs are a bit punchier. But not by much.

This is still mainly the good old Spock's Beard and this is a very good album with a lot of very good songs and details.

This album is off course one to check out and one to be enjoyed by all symphonic prog fans.... most of the symphonic prog fans, that is.

Spock's Beard delivers the goods again and this is why I rate them so highly.

3.5 points


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