The Similitude of a Dream [CD]
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- Product NameThe Similitude of a Dream [CD]
- Release Date11-11-2016
- GenrePop, Rock
- Vendor GenrePop/Rock
- LabelMetal Blade
- ArtistThe Neal Morse Band
- Album Length0 seconds
- Original Release Date11-11-2016
- No Of Songs23
- Explicit ContentNo
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Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Hands down, the best album I've ever experiencedPostedDerekB
I've lost track of how many times I've listened to this album since first receiving it just after it was released on 11/11/2016. This album, beyond a shadow of a doubt the best album I've ever experienced. I say experienced, because if you listen to the lyrics and appreciate the story, you don't just listen, you experience it. The writing, arrangements, and virtuoso performances by Neal Morse, Randy George, Eric Gillette, Bill Hubauer, and Mike Portnoy are nothing short of amazing. Of course I have some favorite bits and pieces throughout, but there is no 'song' that I can honestly listen to on its own because they are all part of the bigger package that is meant to be listened to as a whole, not as separate songs. The music truly takes you on the spiritual journey of "The Pilgrim’s Progress" (the John Bunyan novel that this double CD concept album was based on). It builds, soars, falls back, and builds again. Just after you think you’ve hit the apex confronting and battling with Apollyon, the finale, Broken Sky/Long Day just knocks it out of the ballpark. To say that the entire band 'brings it home' just doesn’t do the music justice, but I find myself at a lack of words. I would be remiss however, if I failed to mention the impact that Eric's amazing guitar prowess has on this epic dénouement as he begins his solo. He truly makes his guitar sing and cry at the same time; and in doing so, the music combines with the vocals/lyrics to slam you with an emotional wall of such magnitude that makes it impossible not to drown in an overwhelming flood of intense emotions. I am not ashamed to say that it moves me to tears almost every time I hear it. To paraphrase Monty Fowler (from his review of the band's recent performance in St. Charles (Chicago), IL), experiencing this album, especially live, is to truly witness the magical power that music has upon the human soul.
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