Wednesday 4 November 2020

Spock's Beard - Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep (2013)

The 11th album from this US band.

The band was a quintet with a lineup of timpani, drums, percussion, bass, organ, piano, clavinet, mellotron, vocoder, synths, guitars, mandolin and vocals.

The band was supported by some guest musicians, including Neal Morse, who provided vocoder, viola, violin and guitars.

Nick D'Virgilio had left the band and the vocalist duties before the release of this album. Ted Leonard from Enchant had taken over the microphone and they had got a new drummer too.

That means a slightly new, refreshed sound.

Ted does a good job on the vocals but he has different voice to Nick so that means a slightly new sound. 

This is still a Spock's Beard album though. We get the usual US symphonic prog here.

This album is nowhere near being their best album and the songs are not up to their usual standard. 

There is still some very good details here and there and the songs are good. But they are nothing more than that. 

I sense a band trying to find themselves again on this album. 

.... Nevertheless, it is still a good album and one to check out.

3 points

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