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2.79 | 70 ratings | 2 reviews | 7% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 2018

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Livin' Lightly (5:02)
2. Good Love Is on the Way (3:52)
3. JoAnna (4:34)
4. Selfie in the Square (3:55)
5. He Died at Home (4:58)
6. She's Changed Her Mind (4:01)
7. Wave on the Ocean (4:12)
8. You + Me + Everything (4:35)
9. Manchester (4:08)
10. Lay Low (3:59)
11. Old Alabama (4:47)
12. If I Only Had a Day (3:42)

Total Time 51:45

Line-up / Musicians

- Neal Morse / lead & backing vocals, keyboards, guitar, mandolin, bass (2), percussion, producer

- Julie Harrison / lead & backing vocals
- Wil Morse / backing vocals
- Gabe Klein-Kuhn / backing vocals, programming
- Scotty Sanders / pedal steel guitar, dobro
- Holly Smith / French horn
- Dominique Caster / trumpet
- Chris Carmichael / strings
- Richard Brinsfield / bass
- Scott Williamson / drums
- Joey Pippin / shouting voice (9)

Releases information

Artwork: Man In The Mountain with Joey Pippin (photo)

LP Radiant Records ‎- 3984-15576-1 (2018, US)

CD Radiant Records - 3984-15576-2 (2018, US)

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NEAL MORSE Life & Times ratings distribution

(70 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(7%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(25%)
Good, but non-essential (35%)
Collectors/fans only (25%)
Poor. Only for completionists (9%)

NEAL MORSE Life & Times reviews

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Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
2 stars Here I was at a local record store, with a gift certificate.

I noticed that there was a brand new Neal Morse album at a good price, so I checked it out.

The song titles didn't indicate that it was one of his religious albums, and I do love most of his musical work, so I bought it.

Big mistake.

I should have been warned by the sticker announcing that this was a very personal collection of songs by Morse, but I wasn't prepared for this.

With the above mentioned sticker, I didn't think this would be like his other albums, but I expected some evidence of Morse's progressive rock background to come through.

Pretty much what this disk contains are a group of song with simple music and simpler lyrics. I felt like I was in soft rock hell as I forced my way to listen to the entire album. Every time it appeared that the music was about to take off, instead of soaring, it veered into mundane AOR.

And the lyrics, as I listened, I was surprised at how often I could anticipate the next line of a song before it was sung.

The only mentionable songs here are "He Died At Home", a moving ballad about a troubled veteran, and "Manchester", where Morse (or maybe cowriter Geoff Bailie) brightened up the song with some actual humor.

Those two track are all that raise this from the depths of a one star rating.

Sorry, Neal.

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3 stars I must admit I prefer Neal's more progressive output, but this singer-songwriter, soft rock album has some nice tunes. I really liked his previous similar offering, Songs From November, from the first listen. Life And Times is a bit more of a grower, and having played it a few times there's only ... (read more)

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