Snow

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Spock's Beard are the quintessential American progressive rock band. Their music has consistently been brave, restless, and often visionary. On Snow, a double-CD concept album, they go for broke. Creatively, this is a new direction for the band in the sense that carrying out a sustained narrative of this magnitude stretches all compositional notion, as well as those surrounding production, arrangement, and consistency of voice. There is so much weight placed on each track to move a story forward, either expressionistically or narratively, that getting bogged down in it is always a risk. Happily, that is not the case here. Spock's Beard have taken all of their strengths ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Spock's Beard are the quintessential American progressive rock band. Their music has consistently been brave, restless, and often visionary. On Snow, a double-CD concept album, they go for broke. Creatively, this is a new direction for the band in the sense that carrying out a sustained narrative of this magnitude stretches all compositional notion, as well as those surrounding production, arrangement, and consistency of voice. There is so much weight placed on each track to move a story forward, either expressionistically or narratively, that getting bogged down in it is always a risk. Happily, that is not the case here. Spock's Beard have taken all of their strengths instrumentally, lyrically, and vocally, and concentrated them in this effort about an albino boy on a noble, if idiosyncratic, quest. While concept albums have been done on much loftier notions, they seem to falter under their own weight, or the light of actual history. Here, Neal and Alan Morse, and their bandmates, use a much more subjective fantasy story, and create a spiritual, physical, ideological, and emotional set of circumstances that follow their protagonist through 26 songs. Musically, Snow is a wonder, it's full of nuance and texture, taut dynamics and lush arrangements, that are all, seemingly, of a piece,. While some Spock's Beard fans might have a hard time with the softer, gentler side of the band that is evidenced here, it would be tough to argue that this change of direction was both necessary and warranted. Spock's Beard has been pushing at their own boundaries for a while now, and with Snow, they shatter them and enter into the very promise of what progressive rock is always supposed to deliver: discovering some heretofore unknown sonic territory via the individual and collective focus of creating through the applied effort of one's best musical efforts. Snow is an allegory, it is an archetypal story that is ambitious in scope and redemptive in result, and is a thoroughly rewarding -- if challenging -- listen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/27/2002
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • UPC: 039841440621
  • Catalog Number: 14406

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Spock's Beard Primary Artist
Jim Hoke Clarinet, Autoharp, Saxophone
Ryo Okumoto Organ, Mellotron, Vocoder, Jupiter 8, Mini Moog
Neal Rosengarden Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Molly Pasutti Background Vocals
Chris Carmichael Violin, Cello, Viola
Nick D'Virgilio Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Alan Morse Cello, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Dave Meros Bass, French Horn, Vocals
Technical Credits
Ace Frehley Composer
The Edge Composer
Bono Composer
Adam Clayton Composer
Larry Mullen Jr. Composer
Susan Tedeschi Composer
Spock's Beard Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great music, thoughtful story.

    Spock's Beard has employed the "concept" album style to continue their wonderful foray into the innovative land of progressive rock. From virtuoso performances musically and lyrically, the members of this band continue to strike a meaningful chord in an otherwise featureless landscape of non-original bands that populate the charts. In the cd "Snow", you are introduced to a young man who is set apart by the near albino skin and eyes he possesses. He also possesses something far more significant-the power to "see" people's anguish, with a touch, and heal them. The music in "Snow" also matches the intensity and loneliness this man feels as he goes through life. You get what is almost two hours of playing time in this disk. This is by far the band's most adventurous cd in scope-this is NOT a cookie-cutter band, take some time and enjoy this newest release from a highly creative group set in the mold of Rush, Dream Theater, and Yes!

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