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Neal Morse's (ex-TransAtlantic, ex-Spock's Beard) new album is called One, and it's a concept album. I really liked his Testimony album, so my expectations regarding this album are high... However, One isn't as good as I expected (although it had its moments of glory).
Songs are progressive rock reaching occasionally even symphonic characteristics (there are even some vocal harmonies in the vein of Queen). The music hasn't changed much since the earlier releases (it's still recognisable as Neal Morse). Neal has used some vintage sounds on this album (few vintage Gibsons, vintage keyboards and organs). Although this album has some really good songs, it also has few "not-so-apposite" compositions. There's also some unnecessary gimmickry that doesn't add anything to the songs.
Production on this album is first class. There isn't much to complain as the sounds are felicitious. This album is also good mastering-wise.
Neal Morse has the ability to compose some of the best progressive rock songs. However, on this album he didn't succeed on every song... Nevertheless this album is still worth buying. Especially recommended to the fans of Morse's work (TransAtlantic, Spock's Beard and his solo efforts).
Release date: 01.11.2004
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- MAGE (30.10.2004)
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