Sounds like … classic progressive rock in the tradition of Kansas, Yes, and Spock's Beard, possibly appealing to fans of contemporary prog rock from the likes of The Mars Volta
At a glance … though perhaps a little less pop accessible than his previous efforts, Morse's latest is still quite admirable as a complex progressive rock symphony exploring the mystery of God and his holy temple
Progressive rock has long carried a stigma as a dying niche genre because of its lengthy compositions, heady lyricism, and intricate instrumental solos, thus keeping it from being radio friendly and commercially viable. But that seems to be changing now that corporate radio is losing favor with listeners, and bands like The Mars Volta, Sigur Ros, and System of a Down continue to sell out venues. It's not quite a revival, but the public does seem more receptive to the complexities of prog rock, pioneered by the likes of Genesis, Yes, and Kansas.
Which makes this a prime time to discover Neal Morse, an artist too good to be ignored in Christian music. It's remarkable that someone can create three albums in three years with such artistic depth. His first major solo release was 2003's Testimony, a stunning two-disc autobiography that put his lifelong spiritual journey to music. Nearly as impressive was 2004's One, a modern day mix of prog rock and pop that traced back to the Garden to explore the rift between God and man. Now comes the unconventionally titled ?—that's right, a simple question mark—exploring the mystery of God and his relationship with man as represented by the law and his temple. It confirms that Morse is progressive rock's answer to Michael Card, probing deep biblical topics ...1
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