Faithscience is the sophomore release from progressive rock multi-instrumentalist/singer/composer Tim Morse, and follows up his 2005 debut Transformation. He's assembled quite a long list of musicians and vocalists to help him flesh out the songs on Faithscience, and the end result is a pleasant, melodic, at times symphonic affair that has a modern touch but still plenty of vintage prog elements for all those old school fans out there.
You can hear traces of Yes and Spock's Beard on spirited tunes like "Voyager" and "Closer", as Morse mixes in plenty of tasty keyboard passages into these adventurous but highly melodic numbers. Most of the vocal melodies & harmonies throughout the album are quite well done, as Morse's lead vocals and the numerous backing singers perfectly fit these quirky prog rock songs. Though there are 11 songs in total, the album is set up with a handful of short instrumental pieces that bridge the gap to the longer pieces. Some of the more acoustic based tracks, like "Window" and "Numb" are quite well done, but it's the more rock based songs such as "Myth" and the ultra proggy "Rome", which features the superb violin of Kansas' David Ragsdale, that really work best. The same can be said for the near 10-minute "The Last Wave", a bombastic tune for all the Spock's Beard, Flower Kings, and Transatlantic lovers in the house, chock full of vintage sounding keyboards and chunky guitar work from Morse, Jerry Jennings, and Mark Dean.
As a solid entry here in 2012, Faithscience might not re-write the book on progressive rock, but it sure if a fun & engaging listen. Those looking for something that will satisfy their craving for classic prog but also deliver it in a modern manner would be well advised to seek this CD out.
7) Found It
9) The Last Wave
11) The Corners