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The Kindness of Strangers (Special Edition)

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One of Their Best

This is a very solid album. The Good Don't Last, In the Mouth of Madness, June, Strange World and Flow are the best on the album. I disagree with the iTunes review in that I don't think the lyrics to The Good Don't Last belittle the accessibility of the music. Morse is doing the least commercial thing possible with this album and he's saying that the true musicians and artists are the least recognized. Also, the accessibility of the music comes from Neal Morse's nack for making catchy songs, not from wanting to be a commercial band (because that they are most certainly not), and if the "professional" reviewer here thinks that a catchy, quality band shouldn't be singing negatively about mass culture, that that should be left to some worthless meandering pseudo jazz rock band, then he or she is truly stupid. At any rate, the rest of the review was fine and I recomend this great album to anyone interested in this band.

The Best of The "Beard"

This is by far my most favorite Beard CD. Not a bad cut on it. Fans of Floyd, Yes, Genesis, Crimson. ect. should take note and give it a try. This is very well played prog rock. It's just poppy enough to get you singing along, yet Progressive enough to make the hair on the back of your neck stand up when these guys hit the perfect chord change. And they do it a ton on this album. Neal Morse is one of the best song writers in the world and he is really showing off here.

Not bad, but not a masterpiece

Certainly the weakest of the Neal Morse era, but it's still pretty good. "The Good Don't Last", "June", and "Flow" are definitely the shining moments on the album.

Biography

Formed: 1992 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Spock's Beard began in 1992 when brothers Neal (lead vocals) and Al Morse (guitar) teamed up with drummer Nick D'Virgilio. After self-financing their first album, bassist Dave Meros joined, and The Light was recorded in 1994. Consisting of four lengthy songs, this debut album was well received by progressive rock fans, but received little public acclaim. Ryo Okumoto joined in 1995 to play keyboards. In 1996, The Official Bootleg was released, a live performance containing the entire first album plus...
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