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3.81 | 80 ratings | 4 reviews | 36% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2021

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Overture (5:53)
2. Reaching for the Sky (5:40)
3. Higher Than the Morning (4:32)
4. The Darkness in the Light (5:43)
5. Take Now My Soul (3:31)
6. Looking for the Light (4:04)
7. Love Made a Way (prelude) (2:13)
8. Owl Howl (5:26)
9. Solitude (4:24)
10. Belong (2:22)
11. Can You Feel It (3:17)
12. Looking for the Light (reprise) (4:57)
13. The Greatest Story Never Ends (2:57)
14. Love Made a Way (9:02)

Total Time 64:01

Note: "Extended Version" and "Ultimate Edition" of this album also available, see other entries.

Line-up / Musicians

- Neal Morse / vocals, piano, Hammond organ, Minimoog, Mellotron, acoustic guitar, charango
- Roine Stolt / vocals, electric & acoustic 6- & 12-string guitars, ukulele, keyboards, percussion
- Pete Trewavas / vocals, bass
- Mike Portnoy / vocals, drums & percussion

- Josee Weigand / violin, viola
- Gideon Klein / cello, viola, string bass

Releases information

Mike Portnoy says: "We've got two versions of this album. There's a two CD presentation (Forevermore), which is 90 minutes long, and a single one (The Breath of Life) which is 60 minutes long. The single CD is NOT an edited version of the double CD. They're new recordings. What we have done are different approaches to the songs for this! We wrote fresh lyrics and have different people singing on the single CD version tracks as compared to those on the double CD. We revamped the songs to make the two versions different."

Artwork by Thomas Ewerhard (airship created by Pavel Zhovba)
Band photo by Tobias Andersson

Pre-Production done at Fenix Studio, Varnhem, Sweden - Sept 2019
Overdubs by band members in United Kingdom, USA & Sweden - 2019-2020
Mixed and Mastered by Rich Mouser @ The Mousehouse Studio, Los Angeles, CA - 2020

Label: InsideOut
Formats: 2LP+CD, Limited CD in digipak
February 5, 2021

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TRANSATLANTIC The Absolute Universe - The Breath of Life (Abridged Version) ratings distribution

(80 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(36%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(34%)
Good, but non-essential (20%)
Collectors/fans only (9%)
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2 stars More of just the same. However I enjoyed it more than the full version, and found it to be more direct, including mostly the best tracks from the full version of the album remixed/altered in some certain way or another which was a pretty cool idea. It makes me happy that I checked this album becau ... (read more)

Report this review (#2508131) | Posted by Isaac Peretz | Tuesday, February 23, 2021 | Review Permanlink

2 stars Some bias in this review as I heard Forevermore before the Breath of Life (Abridged). To be fair, this review is largely a comparison of the two albums. The first almost half of it is very similar to Forevermore. A different name here and there, and a bit trimmed (which is done well, actually). ... (read more)

Report this review (#2507555) | Posted by AngleofRepose | Sunday, February 21, 2021 | Review Permanlink

5 stars The Abridged Version known as The Breath of Life may also be called the Neal Morse version... Neal and Pete wanted a shorter version from the 90 minute masterpiece original version created in Sweden. Is the 60 minute version as good as the 90 minute Forevermore version? The answer is yes. They are b ... (read more)

Report this review (#2504028) | Posted by javajeff | Tuesday, February 9, 2021 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Forevermore broke the record for longest epic in progressive rock history, The Breath of Life version also enters the top 10 with 64 minutes and 12 seconds of prog goodness. I do like the idea of having a more digestible version of this album, this version has a song that isn't included on the Forev ... (read more)

Report this review (#2502261) | Posted by ComaEcliptic | Thursday, February 4, 2021 | Review Permanlink

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