Spock’s Beard

Album Title: 
Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep
Release Date: 
Monday, March 25, 2013
Review Type: 

I have little to no knowledge what's going on in the progressive rock scene at the moment, but I do know this, I enjoyed what veterans Spock’s Beard have to offer. It's prog, so you know what to expect.

This becomes the type of album that immediately captures the listener and enthralls him/her throughout the album. Ted Leonard is the reason for this, as he is in possession of a lovely voice that carries the listener along with ease. With a good sense of variance through the disc, there is little chance one will become weary of the album. The 12-minute “Waiting for me” is definitely a Genesis/Yes/Flower Kings-like masterpiece of intricate and light prog music.. The lively “I know your secret” carries on the incredible duels between guitarist Alan Morse and organist Ryo Okumoto. “Submerged” is a fantastic mellow song with classical influences and Fripp ian guitar exploits and keeps the flow of the album going. This piece is brilliant, captivating all the way. The band works so well together, each member getting to show off their own emotions and talents

The 55-minute album is a virtual feast of virtuoso musicianship with lengthy instrumental sections and Spock’s Beard have supplied the prog-rock community an album that requires many concentrated listening sessions to unravel all its secrets. Time well spent though.