You always gotta zero in on the cringey shit dontcha? I was bracing myself for the FU bit to be some horrible thing, but eh I was fine with it. Didn't bother me really. If I could find any enjoyment on his solo albums in spite of the Christian lyrics I can live with the FU song. I'm not really put off by cheesy dorky music at all anymore in general. He def doesnt play it live anymore, but I think "The Light" still gets played from time to time.
I remember being warned to stay away from the neo prog shit a lot too. but I decided to stop letting other people dictate what I'm allowed to like a long time ago. And it's more fun to listen to it and find out for myself anyway. I like to explore random corners to see what gems turn up. Spocks Beard might not be on the level of King Crimson or whatever but I'd easily take them over just about any 2nd-tier classic era prog band.
Yeah Morse was a late starter in finding his success. There's hope for us all!
V is good! but you know what you're in for. It's very cheesy music! The dude like to write upbeat happy music with emphasis on pop melodies more than he does crazy prog instrumental sections, but damn it the guy knows how to write a catchy tune. "The Great Nothing" on there was written about the late Kevin Gilbert who was friends with the band, so that's a more serious topic I guess.
>I hope it's better than Banco Del Mutuo Socorrso's Darwin album, or King Crimson's beatnik album!
Hmm probably not. But I dunno your opinion of those records. But they dont sound like either of those bands. Spocks Beard is more the Yes/Genesis camp with a more modern rock vibe.
>>-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.
Well he's not much of a singer at all. But he knows his limits and doesn't take any parts that he cant pull off. He usually gets a couple lines in here or there. He actually sings lead on a few entire songs on the new record. I really like that the band puts a big emphasis on harmonies and vocal tradeoffs, it's fun! They're like the prog New Pornographers.
Yeah he's jewish. but his being friends with Neal clearly outranks that.
>>If I knew that an SB'er drummed on Calling All Stations I must have put that out of my mind.
He doesnt play on all of it. Originally he was going to be the main drummer, but he didnt want to tour with them because he wanted to stick with SB. so he only played on 3 or 4 songs and they got another guy to do the rest.
>>I think my main reason for avoiding Transatlantic wasn't Portnoy or Morse but Roine Stolt
Me too tbh. But I actually liked him just fine in TA. He makes a good foil to Neal as the 2nd frontman, and in watching some of their live stuff I've noticed that he's probably the least outgoing member of the band by a large margin (Portnoy is the most outgoing by far). He lets the other guys take the spotlight quite a bit. I think the difference is that in Flower Kings he's arranging all that music himself and not holding anything back or rejecting any of his own ideas, but in TA he has to compete with the other guys and let them work with his ideas and Neal Morse and Portnoy in particular are quite good at arranging prog ideas into a coherent shape. So Stolt's ideas are much better served in TA than in the flower Kings. Not that TA music is by ANY stretch *less* prog overkill than the flower kings, but they're definitely waaaaay better at the very least.
Oh hey while I was writing this I got a email to book my vaccine appointment. Nanobots here I come! My parents are anti-vaxxers btw, should be fun when I tell them i got dosed.