It's weak alright, but I still insist that M. I. U. Album (no good or interesting musical ideas whatsoever and I forgot nearly all of it right after listening to it for the last time, always a very bad sign--Rock Island anyone?) and The Beach Boys (pathetic 80s production that sounds like "one guy playing all the instruments on a giant Casio keyboard" as Prindle put it) are easily worse, IMO.
While hardly any of it is good, the only song here that actually made me howl at the sheer awfulness of it was "Summer Of Love," the one I already knew. Not the Stamos bit--while that isn't good either, it's generically forgettable and bad, not some throat-clawingly awful thing like, say, Kylie Minogue singing "The Loco-Motion."
The worst aspects of it sonically are the godawful electronic drums (for some reason electronic drum hexagons in 1992 were weirdly worse than ones from, say, 1984) and the overuse of Mike Love's terrible nasal singing voice. (The closest thing there is to a song I liked here was "Still Surfin'"--I realized after a couple of listens that it's reusing the "Please Let Me Wonder" chord sequence, which is probably why!--but they ruin it with these godawful rolling hexagon drums that bowl over the entire song for a few seconds in spots!)
I'm less disappointing in how awful this album wasn't quite, than I was disappointed in how Love You wasn't actually good.
Uhhh, Neal Morse.
Yeah, I think I've already discussed with you--the only song I really know by SB is the F*** You song (uh, has Neal performed that one in recent years?!?) and that's one of the most painfully bad pieces of music ever recorded, prog or otherwise. This is due to being warned by the people who got me into prog 20 years ago to stay away from neo-prog bands, which I've probably also mentioned three dozen times. I didn't bother with Marillion besides the pleasant Misplaced Childhood (and the horrendous "Grendel"), didn't bother with the Flower Kings aside from the pleasant Retropolis (and the horrendous "Garden of Dreams"), didn't bother with Transatlantic at all...
...but I can't fault you for doing this post, I mean I used to do track by track Dream Theater rundowns so who am I to call you out? Nor I guess can I fault you for loving it so much.
All I have to add is:
-Mike Portnoy SINGS? Didn't know that. I mean, I liked his drumming well enough and he wrote better lyrics than most of the rest of DT. Isn't he Jewish anyway? Who in DT was Christian? Petrucci? I guess that won't stop him from drumming for Morse.
Morse was 34 at the time of the first SB album? So that's a THIRTY FOUR year old doing the FU song? And I used to laugh at Art Alexakis!
If I knew that an SB'er drummed on Calling All Stations I must have put that out of my mind.
I think my main reason for avoiding Transatlantic wasn't Portnoy or Morse but Roine Stolt who just gives me a headache with all the overkill of prog rock he writes, but after reading this post I had no idea Morse had done this many albums.
"Concept album about Martin Luther"
Even Neal's dreams are square!!
I hope it's better than Banco Del Mutuo Socorrso's Darwin album, or King Crimson's beatnik album!
Tells ya what Kenny: I'll listen to "V" ONE TIME and if doesn't take me back to my days of being 18 and thinking any big prog epic was awesome, I'll fly up to Canada to give you my replica of George Starostin's mustache.