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The Neal Morse Band - Similitude Of A Dream album review

Album Review

Oh come all ye faithful… With an eye fixed on the magnitude of concept albums such as The Wall and Tommy, Neal Morse and his fellow pilgrims progress to their grandest spiritual opus yet

Following 2015’s _The Grand Experiment_ – which saw Neal Morse and his band go into the studio to create music with no prepared material – the singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter heads in the complete opposite direction with the meticulously composed and arranged The Similitude Of A Dream.

It’s a hugely ambitious double concept album – and triple vinyl set – inspired by John Bunyan’s 17th-century Christian morality tale The Pilgrim’s Progress. Ever since he became a born-again Christian in 2002, Morse has never shied away from proselytising with his music, and while The Similitude… may not be classified as Worship Music in the same sense as Morse’s solo releases To God Be The Glory and God Won’t Give Up, there’s simply no escaping the overtly religious nature of this material.

If your favourite prog track is Freewill by Rush then move briskly along, please – there’s nothing for you here. The lyrics are full of references to angels, salvation and grace in a manner that would make God-fearing spandex-rockers Stryper blush.

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