Neal Morse
Testimony


4.5
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Review

by Foodforthegods USER (35 Reviews)
July 9th, 2008 | 13 replies | 5,866 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Concept album...The Wall, Animals, Quadrophrenia, Lamb Lies Down On Broadway... A successful bet, especially in the progressive rock scene. Bands like Pink Floyd and Genesis got a big part of their reputation from this kind of release. Neal Morse is one of the best in that. Well known in the progressive rock scene and almost unknown to the common knowledge of regular music fans. Morse’s music is a nice add-on to any record collection. Testimony was his first ambition as a solo artist.

Neal was recognized as a member of the now famous progressive rock band Spock’s Beard. He leaved the band to continue a solo career at the edge of a new millennium. Neal is also known for his born again Christian mentality. Several hard times happened to him and religion is what helped him to get through those rough times. It’s not a secret that religion is the main theme of this release. You’ll get Neal Morse testimony.

This huge monster was created with the help of Mr. Mike Portnoy, one of his good friends. By monster I mean this album is huge! More than 2 hours, and believe me this is worth it. What makes this record so amazing is the variety of stuff you’ll find. Metal, Prog, Pop, Rock, Gospel, Country, Symphonic moment... The starved music fan will be pleased. Another good thing is that the album is not based on one single mood. The record is not dark, it’s not happy, it’s not humorous, it’s all of that.

The story is basically Neal’s life. Talking about his days in Spock’s Beard, his marriage, going solo, etc. But the strong part of this record is what happened to his daughter. She had a heart failure and the doctor said she’s going to die. Neal and his wife started to go to the church and pray god. The girl was saved by a miracle. The hole she had in her heart had disappeared

The CD is divided in five different parts. Each part has his own particular mood. The first part is talking about Neal’s early life where he started to be a professional musician. You’ll hear a pretty happy vibe in this part. He’s talking about living the party life and all that. Then you’ll get to the hard times, transformation, etc.

The instrumental work on this album is pretty amazing. There’s lots of instrument use on this record beside the regular rock instrument. Violin has a strong place in the record. You can also hear sax, French horn, flute and many more instruments. Neal is basically a genius. He writes all the music. Guitar, piano, synth and he also sing. Talking about the singing, this record has a lot of vocals priceless moments. The harmony work and the emotional vocal work are perfectly done by Mr. Morse and his friends.

I recommend this record to any progressive rock fans or any people who want to get in the progressive rock scene. This is a good way to start and a good way to evolve your musical taste.

Highlights:
-Overture No1
-California Nights
-Colder In The Sun
-Sing it High
-Moving In My Heart

Pros:
-Neal’s great voice
-The Concept
-The instrumental work is top notch
-Variety
Cons:
-The born again theme might turn off some people.



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Foodforthegods
July 9th 2008



425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I did this pretty quickly might have lots a grammatical mistakes. I wanted this album to be as quick as possible on sputnik. I'll correct the mistakes, please tell me if you find some.

moltenlava
July 9th 2008



312 Comments


Is this new, yo? Oh, I'm down with Neal after I heard that pseudo-religious concept piece called "?" What an album title, huh? I think it was tracks 5, 6, and 7 on that thing that were really stunning. Havta hear this new one. Who's on it besides Portnoy?



EStreetFan
July 9th 2008



89 Comments


Man, I was gonna review this. Of course, I was gonna give it about a 2, so maybe I can still scrape one together. It's good in places, but far too indulgent (the ultimate downfall of double-LP concept pieces).

jrowa001
July 9th 2008



8749 Comments


ive been trying to get a hold of this album. i have One and Sola Scriptura, both are awesome albums. ive never been a huge preachy fan when it comes to music (i am a Christian though), but Neal makes amazing music so it doesnt bother me much. ill hopefully be picking this album up soon, along with ?. its a shame Spocks Beard are really annoying

moltenlava
July 9th 2008



312 Comments


Christian, huh? Your avatar looks like you practice some other religion, where the boss comes from below, not from above. lol.

Pop Quiz, hot shot. What is the maximum amount of words that a Sputnik review can squeeze in?

I really need this answered, so I don't waste time writing too much. Or, have to lob off a large chunk.



jrowa001
July 9th 2008



8749 Comments


thats Devin Townsend, not the devil lol. ive never written a review, cant tell you the proper amount of words to have

taylormemer
July 9th 2008



4887 Comments


Quick answer, don't write too much.
Keep in mind that South's review for Christ Illusion came out to a whopping 3,235 words, which equaled out to 18,011 characters. So if you are planning to do a review that's longer then that, well, good luck to ya.

moltenlava
July 9th 2008



312 Comments


Now at least I know that I have some breathing room. lol. 3,235, huh? Crikey, mate! On a fairly primitive thrash recording too. I'm gunna have to go and see what he spoke about for so long.





Foodforthegods
July 9th 2008



425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Besides portnoy there the guitar player from Kansas. Kerry Something if i remember correctly...lol. This cd is also available in live dvd format. Check on youtube for some samples.

VicariousIntent
July 9th 2008



1591 Comments


"Cons:
-The born again theme might turn on some people."

Do you mean off? It's a really minor flaw that barely blemishes a good review. I'm kind of interested in this now.

Foodforthegods
July 9th 2008



425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks vicarious...i'll correct it.

willfellmarsy
July 9th 2008



3844 Comments


[quote=jrowa001]thats Devin Townsend, not the devil lol. ive never written a review, cant tell you the proper amount of words to have[/quote]
Devin Townsend is more metal than Satan

jrowa001
July 9th 2008



8749 Comments


haha probably



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