Spock's Beard - Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleeps
There have been changes aplenty in the Spock's Beard camp since their last album, and much for the fans to get excited about. Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleeps sees not only a new recording line up, but also the return of prodigal son Neal Morse in a writing capacity, collaborating with his brother Alan on two of the seven tracks presented here. With Nick D'Virgilio vacating the drum stool and microphone to head for pastures new, live drummer Jimmy Keegan steps into the recording studio for the first time. But more notable is the addition of Ted Leonard to take over the vocal duties, his versatile and emotive voice not a million miles away from Morse's. He slips into the role very easily, a seemingly very natural fit for the band.
Musically there are no huge surprises on Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleeps, an album full of restless creativity and boundless talent. It is the familiar Spock's Beard proggy madness, all the more so on both 'Afterthoughts' and 'Waiting For Me', the two tracks co-written by the Morse brothers. A multitude of diverse sections combined with lush vocal harmonies are the order of the day, and a delight for fans they will prove to be.