ARTIST:

SPOCK'S BEARD

(UNITED STATES)
TITLE:

NOISE FLOOR

(2018)
LABEL:

INSIDEOUT MUSIC

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Easy-Listening, Symphonic, Technical
"With a big first half under the sign of pop-rock-folk and a second more progressive part, "Noise Floor" remains one of the most accessible record of Spock's Beard."
NUNO777 (11.05.2018)  
3/5
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Since Nick D'Virgilio's last album, "X" in 2010, Spock's Beard has been in a fertile musical dynamic. The arrival of singer Ted Leonard and drummer Jimmy Keegan confirmed it as soon as "Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep" in 2013. Three years after the solid "The Oblivion Particle", the band reconfigured itself once again and saw the return of its original drummer. The composition of "Noise Floor" began with the will to offer an album with an easier approach than the demanding "The Oblivion Particle". "Noise Floor" is a work as individual as it is collective because each of the musicians worked on his own and then proposed his ideas to the rest of the band.

The beginning of "Noise Floor" totally validates the specifications with a hyper-calibrated Kansas-like 'To Breathe Another Day' with all its progressive elements and two well-made pop-rock-folk formats. Nevertheless, we'll be surprised by the introduction of 'What Becomes Of Me', well written and which takes us back eight years in the universe of "X" but without any obvious correlation with the rest of the track. However, Spock's Beard remains expert in the finishing touches that show themselves in many details that we enjoy discovering through successive listenings, such as the cello arrangements of 'Somebody's Home' that nourish the spaces between verses and choruses without overloading the compositions. 

The eight-minute long 'Have We All Gone Crazy Yet' is full of details. But this track, which is enriched by a lively introduction, a heady and instantaneous chorus and a contrasting instrumental core, fails to reach the level of what Spock's Beard is capable of composing in terms of creativity and harmonic ingenuity. Likewise, the ballad 'So This Is Life', close to The Beatles, has the virtue of displaying the band's orchestral know-how, but adds a little more weight to an album that is already struggling to rise and, above all, it is too long with a dispensable second guitar solo. The dynamic starts again with the best part of the record which sees Spock's Beard reconnect with their deep nature with a powerful and progressive 'One So Wise' well balanced in its epic character and its musical madness, an original and dark 'Box Of Spiders' in the great Beardian tradition of the instrumental and the touching 'Beginnings' with its magnificent intertwined vocals which reaches the emotional heights of the album.

Spock's Beard succeeds in offering a thirteenth opus whose immersion is easier than its predecessor with a big first half under the sign of pop-rock-folk and a second more progressive part that raises the overall level of the album. "Cutting Room Floor", the EP that accompanies "Noise Floor", is made of four short and pleasant tracks (including an instrumental one) but without any real added value. The whole of "Noise Floor" should be approached knowing that its common denominator is musical efficiency.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. (cd1) To Breathe Another Day
02. (cd1) What’s Become of Me
03. (cd1) Somebody’s Home
04. (cd1) Have We All Gone Crazy
05. (cd1) So This Is Life
06. (cd1) One So Wise
07. (cd1) Box of Spiders
08. (cd1) Beginnings
09. (cd2) Days We’ll Remember
10. (cd2) Bulletproof
11. (cd2) Vault
12. (cd2) Armageddon Nervous

LINEUP:
Alan Morse: Guitares
Dave Meros: Basse
Nick D'Virgilio: Batterie
Ryo Okumoto: Claviers
Ted Leonard: Chant
   
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