X (Spock's Beard album)

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Studio album by Spock's Beard
Released May 2010
Recorded 2009 - 2010
Studio The Mouse House in Altadena, California and Clear Lake Audio in North Hollywood, California
Genre Progressive rock
Length 79:49
Label Mascot
Producer Spock's Beard
Spock's Beard chronology
Live at High Voltage Festival
(2011)Live at High Voltage Festival2011
Professional ratings
Review scores
Rock Hard8/10 stars[1]

X is the tenth studio album by American progressive rock band Spock's Beard. Similar to what Marillion did for Anoraknophobia, the album was funded by pre-orders of a limited edition of the album before the album was recorded. Those who ordered the album's "Ultra Package" had their names listed in the CD booklet and included as part of the track "Their Names Escape Me", which is exclusive to the limited edition. The album was released independently in May 2010. A retail and digital release with Mascot Records was released in August 2010.[2] This album is the last studio album recorded with Nick D'Virgilio performing lead vocals, who left the band on November 18, 2011 to focus on other commitments. He rejoined the band in 2017, returning to his former role as drummer.

Track listing[edit]

1."Edge of the In-Between"John BoegeholdDave Meros10:30
2."The Emperor's Clothes"Alan MorseA. Morse, Neal Morse, Larry Kutcher6:01
3."Kamikaze"InstrumentalRyo Okumoto4:15
4."From the Darkness
  • I. The Darkness
  • II. Chance Meeting (add lyrics by A. Morse)
  • III. On My Own
  • IV. Start Over Again"
Nick D'VirgilioD'Virgilio16:53
5."The Quiet House"BoegeholdMeros9:13
6."Their Names Escape Me"BoegeholdBoegehold, Meros8:51
7."The Man Behind the Curtain"A. MorseA. Morse, Stan Ausmus7:44
8."Jaws of Heaven
  • I. "Homesick for the Ashes"
  • II. "Words of War"
  • III. "Deep in the Wondering"
  • IV. "Whole Again""
  • BoegeholdMeros, Boegehold16:22

    The above track listing is for the special edition. There are a few changes with the standard edition:

    • "The Emperor's Clothes" and "Kamikaze" are swapped over in the track listing.
    • "From the Darkness" has a slightly longer running time of 17:09.
    • "Their Names Escape Me" is not included.


    Additional personnel

    • Stan Ausmus - songwriting
    • John Boegehold – additional keyboards, guitar, vocals, songwriting
    • Jimmy Keegan – backing vocals



    1. ^ Rensen, Michael. "Rock Hard". issue 281. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
    2. ^ "SPOCK'S BEARD NOW SIGNED WITH MASCOT RECORDS". June 28, 2010. Retrieved July 1, 2010.