Historically, the number three has both spiritual and artistic significance. Building on his introspective release, Testimony, and the triumphant One; Neal Morse’s third progressive rock release continues the prolific composer’s musical and spiritual journey in grand form. It is deeply intertwined within the secretive and the omnipresent; rooted in the mysterious and adorned with the musical virtuosity that has become Morse’s hallmark.
The subject of the album is the Tabernacle, the biblical dwelling place of God. Encapsulating the mystery and intrigue of his subject matter, Morse named the album simply, Question. In this 56_minute musical journey, Morse pursues the legendary entity; physically, figuratively and spiritually. His lyrics create a compelling storyline that owes as much to C.S. Lewis as Indiana Jones. Neal searches through history, within the nature of men, and across his own life.
Supporting and driving his lyrical narrative, Morse weaves a vibrant musical tapestry. From its delicate opening piano phrases, Morse raises the curtain on a dazzling sonic world; a rich landscape of emotion and ideas ranging from anguish to ecstasy; from the secular to the sublime.
All of Neal’s progressive rock albums have been recorded as one continuous piece of music, but Question is the most fluid. Morse also continues his trend toward a band_oriented sound on this release, picking up where One left off. While maintaining his sophisticated compositional style, Neal reduced his orchestral complexity, highlighting the most salient melodies. Musical elements are now imbued with a more human feel. Overall, Question is Morse’s tightest and most organic album to date.
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i THE TEMPLE OF THE LIVING GOD, ii ANOTHER WORLD, iii THE OUTSIDER, iv SWEET ELATION, v IN THE FIRE, vi SOLID AS THE SUN,
vii THE GLORY OF THE LORD, viii OUTSIDE LOOKING IN, ix 12, x ENTRANCE, xi INSIDE HIS PRESENCE, xii THE TEMPLE OF THE LIVING GOD