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  • Michael Ostrich
    May 1, 2011
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      Following the release of the Spock's Beard album Day For Night,
      keybordist/lead vocalist songwriter Neal Morse left Southern California with
      his family for Nashville, TN in search for greener pastures. The change in
      scenery helped Neal become even more prolific in his songwriting. Between
      his debut solo album and working in TransAtlantic, the songs were flowing
      out of him. One topic that he desperately wanted to cover was the death of
      a very close friend of the band, Kevin Gilbert. Not only into the
      over-the-top progressive numbers that were his trademark, Neal was also one
      to take his power-pop roots and turn them into something extraordinary.
      Songs like "All On A Sunday", as this review puts it, "could be a number-one
      hit...it is essentially prog-pop, with Genesis-inspired synth lines and
      distorted vocals with a catchy chorus." The standout tracks, however, are
      the 16 minute tour-de-force "At The End Of The Day" and the closing number,
      "The Great Nothing," partly written about the aforementioned Gilbert. To go
      along side Morse, the band (featuring his brother Alan on guitar, Dave Meros
      on bass, Ryo Okumoto on Mellotron & Hammond and Nick D'Virgillio on drums
      and vocals) and their contribution to this album cannot be understated.
      It's their glue which makes all of the pieces that make up V stick into the
      crowning achievement in the Spock's Beard catalog. The time that Neal put
      in focusing on writing really pays off here, as AllMusic really drives it
      home stating the album is , "...the apex of their career. Blending
      commercial moments with technical genius, V leaves the listener with a
      brilliantly crafted finished product." Please join us on Tuesday night
      (April May 3rd) at 8pm as we spotlight the 2000 release by Spock's Beard,
      entitled V.

      Best Regards,
      Michael Ostrich, A+, Net+, MCITP
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