476. ? – Neal Morse
One of the more recent releases on the list this album could easily crack the Top 100 in the next 10 years. It is destined to be a classic of progressive rock from Christian music’s undeniable king of the genre. Neal Morse has been a stalwart in the world of progressive rock for many years most notably with Spocks Beard and Transatlantic. He has also worked extensively with the kings of progressive rock, Dream Theater.
It’s east to initially compare this masterpiece to Kansas, Dream Theater, Genesis, Kings X, etc but Morse has a style all his own with much more jazz and pop sensibilities and the ability to weave a single melodic structure throughout an entire project while having each individual track stand on its own. Kind of imagine a movie soundtrack where certain melodies are repeated and brought back into the scene.
This album must be heard in its entirety to be truly appreciated. The theme and shadows found in the story of the building and worship structure within the walls of the Old Testament Tabernacle is given New Covenant realities as those shadows find their fulfillment in Christ and His Church.
Divided up into twelve songs or “movements” there really is no break during the album’s 60 minutes and is best listened to completely as no real natural breaks are contained in the project. Guests include members of Genesis, Dream Theater and the Flower Kings. Simply utterly brilliant.