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LIFELINE

Neal Morse

 

Symphonic Prog

3.06 | 202 ratings

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Mr. Mustard
2 stars Lifeline is a perplexing album. Half of this album is some great prog while the other half is Neal's worship stuff that permeates his discography.

The title track 'Lifeline' is one of the stronger songs on the album. It opens with a nice piano melody before seguing into some classic Neal Morse symphonic goodness. This is a very upbeat and energetic song with tons of great melodies, but does sound slightly derivative of his earlier stuff, especially Sola Scriptura.

'Leviathan' is an interesting song. I've never really heard anything quite like it from Neal (though it does have a hint of Sola Scriptura), so I do give him a few points for originality. The song is built around some melodies on horns, and is just a great ball of fun.

'So Many Roads' is a very long (by Non-Morse prog standards) song clocking in at 28-minutes. I would say it's one of Neal's weaker epics. It has a lot of great ideas, and they are connected well. But it just seems like he's done this before. The song does have a strong main melody which is repeated and reprised throughout, which is nice.

The remaining tracks are where this album fails. 'The Way Home,' 'God's Love,' 'Children of the Chosen' and 'Fly High' are all your typical preachy praise Jesus Neal Morse ballads. This obviously don't sit well with me as I believe they don't with many others

This is a low point in Neal's discography; although I shouldn't be complaining because he has been releasing stuff similar to this in his worship albums. But there is nothing here innovative besides 'Leviathan.' Everything else is either too preachy or derivative.

4/10

Mr. Mustard | 2/5 |

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