The Kindness of Strangers [UK Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
1998's The Kindness of Strangers sees Spock's Beard returning to the more "suite" oriented format of their debut The Light, issued back in 1995. There, the set kicks off with "The Good Don't Last," a three-part ride that serves as Neal Morse's indictment of popular culture -- though his lyrics are pure pop culture tripe. His screed belittles his wonderfully accessible and labyrinthine music; too bad. Things look up on "In the Mouth of Madness," with its Mellotron and heavy guitars complemented beautifully by Nick D'Virgilio's drum thud. The disc also features "June," one of Spock's most popular songs in a live setting, and is easily the most accessible and pleasant thing the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
1998's The Kindness of Strangers sees Spock's Beard returning to the more "suite" oriented format of their debut The Light, issued back in 1995. There, the set kicks off with "The Good Don't Last," a three-part ride that serves as Neal Morse's indictment of popular culture -- though his lyrics are pure pop culture tripe. His screed belittles his wonderfully accessible and labyrinthine music; too bad. Things look up on "In the Mouth of Madness," with its Mellotron and heavy guitars complemented beautifully by Nick D'Virgilio's drum thud. The disc also features "June," one of Spock's most popular songs in a live setting, and is easily the most accessible and pleasant thing the overly technical and cerebral Morse ever wrote, with its lilting vocal harmonies and acoustic guitars, which give way to the rollicking metallic prog of "Strange World." The track "Harm's Way" features organist Ryo Okumoto prominently, as well as Al Morse's squealing guitar. The set closes with the three-parter, "The Flow," which is carried by a knotty, guitar-driven assault that is accented by various keyboards and moved forward ever more insistently by D'Virgilio's amazing drumming. This elegy for the end of times is one of Morse's better jobs lyrically. There is real poetry in his tome, and as piano and electric guitar solos and fills weave in and out, it becomes ominous, an elegy, and a dark meditation on the current era. This is a solid date, one that feels focused and true and full of strong songwriting with typically excellent performances, and is well advised for those seeking an introduction to this fine band. The 2004 remastered version contains a whopping five bonus tracks in the form of three radio edits of album cuts and home demos for "June" and "Strange World," as well as overly detailed liner notes by Morse.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/2004
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • UPC: 039841449228
  • Catalog Number: 14492
  • Sales rank: 56,480

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Spock's Beard Primary Artist
Melissa "Missy" Hasin String Quartet
Neal Morse Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Ryo Okumoto Hammond Organ, Mellotron
Tom Tally String Quartet
Nick D'Virgilio Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Jacqueline Suzuki String Quartet
Alan Morse Cello, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Mellotron
Dave Meros Bass, Vocals
Eric Brenton String Quartet
Technical Credits
Ken Love Mastering
Neal Morse Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Richard Mouser Engineer
Tony Ray Composer
Nick D'Virgilio Engineer
Brian Kehew Engineer
John Woodhouse Engineer, overdub engineer
Spock's Beard Producer
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