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Faithscience Reviews

On Friday, April 19th Tim was interviewed for Blog Talk Radio by Simon Barrett, you can listen to it here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2013/04/19/prog-rock-keyboard-wizard-tim-morse -- Simon Barrett


Multi-instrumentalist Tim Morse overwhelms you immediately … Tim Morse deserves masse to be heard, because he hears at home in the gallery of the greats. The apparently has something special if you Morse hot! Enjoy!

-- John Bollenberg (IO Pages)


'Faithscience is a remarkable step forward for Tim in many respects – especially compositionally, and in applying his multi-instrumental skills on guitars, bass and percussion alongside keys. He makes effective use of multiple contributors (among them Kansas violinist David Ragsdale) for a smartly arranged, melodic-symphonic opus... For a summary of Morse’s instrumental and compositional talents, check out the whimsically playful “The Last Wave,” a 10-minute crazy quilt of shifting styles and tempos dominated by powerful blasts of symphonic prog.'

-- John Collinge, Progression Magazine (14/16)


Album of the day: Faithscience by multi-instrumentalist Tim Morse. This is a progressive rock tour-de-force of a record worthy of your attention, that includes David Ragsdale on violin. You'll also encounter some very thoughtful lyrics, touching on some provocative subjects we can all relate to.

-- Anil Prasad, Innerviews


Faithscience has a classic symphonic prog style. It's not so retro that it sounds like it was recorded in another era, but it has that early-1970s quality, sounds, and influences of Yes, Genesis, Van der Graaf Generator, ELP, 70s fusion, and more. Many other musicians participate, including David Ragsdale (Kansas) on violin. Probably the biggest surprise of the year,, and highly recommended to fans of classic prog.

-- (Kinesis)


'A very interesting album, with some great musicianship throughout...the production is superb and really makes the listener feel that they are in the middle of the band.'

-- Kev Rowland, Prog Archives


Tim Morse has released his second CD, Faithscience on the Amethyst Edge label. Fans of his previous work, Transformation, will not be disappointed. That CD's powerhouse duo of Tim Morse & multi-instrumentalist Mark Dean is a forceful presence here. All the virtuosity, muscular exhuberance, and angular time changes of their metal-influenced 'power prog' of Transformation are present in force on songs such as 'Found It' and 'The Last Wave.'

But this collection also finds Tim partnering with other musicians and exploring different musical directions. Guitarist Jerry Jennings excels in styles ranging from rock to jazz to prog, and his solos emphasize melody and feeling. Drummer Gordon Stizzo plays solidly and stylishly, laying down solid grooves with great feel and soloing easily across odd-meters. Bassists Jim Diaz and Sean McMillan provide musicality, power, and elegance to complement each song. From moment to moment one can hear influences ranging from ELP, Tull, Steely Dan, and Kansas, all combined in a new, fresh way. Speaking of Kansas, violinist David Ragsdale guests as Nero and fiddles away in 13/8 on the fade-out of 'Rome.'

Lyrically, the songs see Tim telling a story ('Voyager'), providing social criticism ('Rome'), and plumbing sensitive emotional dimensions brought about through crisis ('Numb) and tragedy ('Afterword'). The last two, in particular, deal with disillusionment and loss in a open, vulnerable manner in stark contrast to the CD's more aggressive tunes. The poignant reflections offered here are simultaneously raw and touching, yet compassionately sympathetic.

All in all, there is much to enjoy in this collection of songs. Repeated listenings reveal the depth of the compositions and lyrics, the thematic development throughout, and above all, the hard work behind this art. Faithscience is a burst of creativity and musical expression.

-- Jim H.

How to put Faithscience into words could be harder then playing it! Okay maybe not, however listening to it 3 or 4 times as well as my good music discriminating friend Jeff Carlson, I for one think your title Faithscience fits this amazing amalgamation of influences we can both agree on. Like King Crimsion, ELP, Yes, some classic rock for shorter moments like the Doobie Brothers, and even Jeff who doesn't listen to this type of music much liked it a lot. He liked your voice too. I noticed you had to listen to the words and production like a Yes album to really let it grow on you.

-- John T.Chris H.


'(Faithscience) is quite impressive!!! Many good synth and guitar solos, I like new age-like piano piece and the jazz part with vibes which reminds me of Zappa. The first two songs stand out. Excellent work.'

-- John T.


2012 (CD, 63:19)
AMETHYST EDGE AE42001
PROGRESSIVE ROCK
RATING 14/16


Veteran prog enthusiasts will recognize Californian Tim Morse as author of 1996 Yes interview compendium Yesstories and like tome, Classic Rock Stories. Morse also is the keyboardist in Yes tribute act Parallels, debuting as a solo artist with 2005 album Transformation.


New effort Faithscience is a remarkable step forward for Tim in many respects – especially compositionally, and in applying his multi-instrumental skills on guitars, bass and percussion alongside keys. He makes effective use of multiple contributors (among them Kansas violinist David Ragsdale) for a smartly arranged, melodic-symphonic opus that is less self-conscious, more agreeably nuanced overall. Morse also has wisely learned not to overreach vocally and sounds almost like a different singer.


While Transformation favored a contemporary, polished and aggressive approach a la Spock’s Beard, Faithscience settles comfortably into classic ‘70s moves reflecting Yes, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, etc. Lyrics are introspective; both “Voyager” and “Rome” draw from interesting historical events.


For a summary of Morse’s instrumental and compositional talents, check out the whimsically playful “The Last Wave,” a 10-minute crazy quilt of shifting styles and tempos dominated by powerful blasts of symphonic prog.

– JOHN COLLINGE


This is the second album from Tim, following on from ‘Transformation’ which came out in 2005. Originally this project started out as a concept album based on the life of Charles Lindbergh, but eventually strayed from that original vision to be more all encompassing. Tim provides all keyboards, many of the guitars and most of the vocals while Mark Dean has also had a massive input into this album as he did with the last. David Ragsdale also makes a return appearance, providing violin where required. Overall this is a very interesting album, with some great musicianship throughout – comment also needs to be passed regarding the production which is superb and really makes the listener feel that they are in the middle of the band.

The booklet is very basic, but to make up for it the listener can go to the website at http://timmorse.amethystedgeprod.com/index.php and uncover information regarding every song from Tim himself which makes it all very personal (and if you haven’t purchased the CD yet then it is possible to also play tracks at this page as well). This is a really solid album with lots going for it, but I do feel that there are times when it loses its’ way a little, and that is probably because this isn’t a group album – but rather a multi-instrumentalist with additional hired hands. To me this album is at its’ finest when Tim allows himself to remove all restraints and provide some blistering keyboard runs and interplay. He has great confidence in his touch and ability, and this really comes through with the delicate piano on album closer “The Corners” which moves through swathes of orchestration to something that is both powerful and poignant.

It is an album that I enjoyed playing, and I am sure that while it is not totally essential many progheads will feel the same and I urge you to check out the website and give it a try.

- KEVIN ROWLAND

Transformation Reviews

'I've probably spent more time getting to know this album before finalizing the review than any other. … It not only rewards repeated listening, it demands it.'

- DPRP

'Transformation contains many of the best ingredients of progressive music in abundance -- multipart pieces that explore complex time signatures, intelligent lyrics, and musicians who clearly are remarkably talented. The album is definitely challenging, but the payoff comes after just a few listens. Transformation is ambitious and conceptual, but above all else it contains beautiful melodies, which consequently pop into my head at Un-expected moments and that make it enormously enjoyable to listen to.' - GLENN GOTTLIEB (Yes Magazine)

'A little research quickly reveals why Tim Morse's debut release 'Transformation' is such an exceptionally mature CD. Now Tim steps into the studio with Mark Dean to make their mark on Progressive Rock history.

Transformation is an uplifting, energetic, fun excursion into the freedom, the excitement, the excellent musicianship, and the 'over the top' musical indulgence that are the hallmarks of Progressive Rock. Highly recommended!'

- MARK STEPHENS (ProgPositivity Radio)

'Very impressive! It sounds great and all the playing and singing is excellent…it has all the things that prog-rock aficionados like!'

- PATRICK MORAZ (The Moody Blues, Yes)

'Transformation recalls the spirit of progressive rock when genres of music were blended fearlessly and the listener was transported to places that expanded the imagination. If you like original compositions full of energy and the unexpected, you are sure to enjoy it.'

- DAVID SANCIOUS (Peter Gabriel, Sting)

A really fine progressive rock album with its roots in the works of the giants of the 70s but nevertheless with its own character. I get the feeling that Tim Morse is a man with a healthy dose of integrity. Together with guitarist/drummer Mark Dean he has made a highly enjoyable album with room for plenty of emotions. One I recommend all prog fans to check out.'

- HANSI CROSS

'It's very, very good. The playing is great and the production is excellent. There's a lot of commitment behind the music, a lot of power. It bursts out of the speakers and sounds fantastic. There's a lot of precision and no clichés, I like that.\

- PETER BANKS (Yes, Flash)

'Sounds great…unbelievably proficient and will I'm sure find considerable favour in the Prog community.'

- BILL BRUFORD (King Crimson, Yes)

'Four stars
Transformation is truly a great album that will take the listener to keyboard heaven. One of the best prog-rock releases of 2005!'

- Melodic.net (KAJ ROTH)


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