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As a young musician, Neal's dream was like many others-to find success in the pop music world. But after years of struggling in the LA singer-songwriter scene, he realized that his dream would not materialize. Eschewing conventional wisdom, Neal took a courageous step: he about-faced and devoted himself to progressive rock, the music truly in his heart. The obscure and fiercely competitive genre held little chance of commercial success. Undaunted, he formed the quirkily-named Spock's Beard with his brother, Alan. They recorded The Light with what money they could scrape together. Against all odds, it was a breakout success, sending shockwaves through the small genre's community.

Over the next 10 years, Spock's Beard released 10 critically acclaimed CDs and 2 concert DVDs, ascending to the top of the "prog" world. Neal also released 6 CDs and 3 DVDs with Transatlantic, the heralded prog "supergroup" comprised of the world's finest prog musicians. The proverbial wayward son, Neal had finally found the success he dreamed of. But something was missing. While on the outside Neal had it all; on the inside, something was missing. Morse came to realize that for him, embracing the Christian faith was the fulfillment of his spiritual quest. His walk was at once gradual and sudden-and like with so many, completely unexpected. As he continued, his path increasingly revealed more of what his heart had sought all along. Yet he also began to find his career growing at odds with his faith. The rising spiritual tension and increasing commercial success finally came to a head with the release of Snow (2002), Spock's Beard's (with Morse) magnum opus.and swan song.

The extraordinary 2-CD rock opera, composed by Morse, was widely acclaimed as the group's finest. But it was the end of the era: Neal made the agonizing decision to leave Spock's Beard. After also leaving Transatlantic, the transformation was complete. Despite having finally achieved the success he had long sought, Morse began all over again; musically, emotionally and spiritually. Neal then embarked upon the most ambitious musical project of his career. Entitled Testimony (2003), it chronicles his spiritual and musical journey in words and music. The 2 CD set (3 CDs for the Special Edition) spans over two hours as one continuous piece of music. It ranges in style from a full gospel choir to hard rock; from a symphony orchestra to contemporary pop. A deftly woven musical tapestry, the album takes th...
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3.20 | 84 ratings
Neal Morse
1999
2.74 | 66 ratings
It's Not Too Late
2001
4.03 | 360 ratings
Testimony
2003
4.11 | 383 ratings
One
2004
4.20 | 504 ratings
?
2005
2.98 | 41 ratings
God Won't Give Up
2005
2.31 | 34 ratings
Lead Me Lord (Worship Sessions Volume One)
2005
2.93 | 33 ratings
Send The Fire (Worship Sessions Volume 2)
2006
2.89 | 58 ratings
Cover To Cover
2006
2.49 | 32 ratings
Songs From The Highway
2007
4.17 | 495 ratings
Sola Scriptura
2007
2.78 | 23 ratings
Secret Place (Worship Sessions Volume 3)
2008
3.07 | 220 ratings
Lifeline
2008
2.62 | 26 ratings
The River (Worship Sessions Volume 4)
2009
2.58 | 24 ratings
Mighty To Save (Worship Sessions Volume 5)
2010
4.01 | 481 ratings
Testimony 2
2011
4.00 | 347 ratings
Momentum
2012
2.90 | 39 ratings
Cover 2 Cover
2012
2.90 | 42 ratings
Songs From November
2014
3.78 | 119 ratings
The Grand Experiment (as The Neal Morse Band)
2015

NEAL MORSE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.38 | 8 ratings
Nick 'n Neal - Two Separate Gorillas - Live In Europe - The From The Vaults Series Volume 2
2000
3.74 | 48 ratings
? Live
2007
4.46 | 65 ratings
So many Roads
2009
4.48 | 57 ratings
Testimony Two - Live In Los Angeles
2011

NEAL MORSE Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.48 | 71 ratings
Testimony Live
2004
4.37 | 73 ratings
Sola Scriptura and Beyond
2008
4.28 | 39 ratings
Live Momentum
2013

NEAL MORSE Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.76 | 26 ratings
The Transatlantic Demos
2003
2.04 | 6 ratings
Sing It High
2007
3.66 | 10 ratings
One Demos
2007
3.27 | 21 ratings
A Proggy Christmas - The Prog World Orchestra
2012

NEAL MORSE Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.10 | 20 ratings
Merry Christmas From The Morse Family
2000
2.57 | 14 ratings
A Proggy Christmas
2011

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 The Grand Experiment (as The Neal Morse Band) by MORSE, NEAL album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.78 | 119 ratings

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The Grand Experiment (as The Neal Morse Band)
Neal Morse Symphonic Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Heavy Prog Team

4 stars The idea of changing the songwriting formula by writing the songs all together instead of Neal Morse writing alone before bringing his ideas seems to be a refreshing idea. The result is not obvious in the first song "The Call" who has all the trademark of a typical Neal Morse song with it's ambitious symphonic style. But in the the songs "Alive Again" and "MacArthur Park", there is something different from the usual Neal Morse style with interesting instrumental passages. But at the same time, there is some less progressive songs that are more classic rock like "The Grand Experiment" and "Agenda". "Waterfall" is the ultimate ballad to put you in a different mood. The major change to me was the idea of letting Eric Gillette take the lead vocals role. And he has done a very good job in that department. The bonus CD is as good as the first CD but with another too repetitive and simple song :"New Jerusalem", in which the only bright spot is the drums parts that recall Manu Katché or some late period of Genesis. Finally, the longest tracks are the best ones, the others are taking a more standard rock direction and while have a certain appeal don't have the grandeur of the other tracks. I am happy that Neal Morse has brings something new to his music. The production and the musicianship are flawless, especially the bass and drums parts.

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3.78 | 119 ratings

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Neal Morse Symphonic Prog

Review by Flucktrot
Prog Reviewer

4 stars First off, I'd just like to say that I'm happy for this group of guys at the result of this album. The gimmick was that Neal did not have any new material, and that what we have here was the result of total group collaboration. I highly doubted that it was true in the first place (and it appears that, at least with Agenda, it wasn't), but I didn't know enough about the band members to know whether this would be a productive strategy.

I remember seeing Neal's band live a few years back on the Momentum tour, and my takeaway from that show- -other than being only able to hear bass and drums due to the terrible house sound--was that it didn't seem like a very cohesive group. Neal and Mike hammed it up, Adson Sodre would lay down some killer solos here and there, and Eric and Bill did not seem to have consistent roles to fill.

Now, imagine my skepticism upon hearing that Adson was not going to be on the album! Couple that with the material that was released before the full album: the average title track (despite the interesting chorus, the rest involved the band trying to hard to rock, and I could only picture Neal mean-mugging his was through the intro) and the playful Agenda. There was not much room for optimism, especially since I thought Neal was bordering a bit on staleness in parts of Momentum.

(Side note: I was planning on Agenda being absolutely terrible from reviews, but I like it as a playful throwaway song. It's meant to be cheesy! Watch the video that came out with it, and if you still can't appreciate it at least a little bit, then you could treat it as a bonus track, perhaps.)

However, all of my skepticism was unwarranted, as the rest of the album is quite good. Eric happens to deliver a great lead, full of a variety of tones and creativity, as well as a strong top harmony. Bill provides a more consistent presence in providing layering and texture to the keys, as well as an interesting vocal counterpoint. Notice a theme building about the vocals, because that's the highlight of the album in my book. They perhaps are not great by themselves, but together to combination is quite nice...sometimes I hear some Styx, sometimes some Eagles.

Highlights: The Call, Waterfall, Alive Again. The Call kicks off the album with a great deal of energy, and even if the song doesn't hang together perfectly toward the middle, to my ears it is very refreshing in terms of how it compares to previous material from Neal. Just a really fun song, and you can tell it's a true group effort. Waterfall is a slower tune that features the stacked harmonies, which is quite nice, and then morphs in to a bit of a Genesis Entangled vibe that I appreciate. Finally, Alive Again represents the epic, and I think it it quite a success. To be clear, it is not perfect, but I don't think perfection was really a possibility if the group was trying to maintain a team effort. For example, Bill's vocals in the "Man I'll Never Be" section get a bit rough and mush- mouthed, but he comes around nicely. Also, the middle theme that is revisited in what feels like dozens of times is just not good enough to be featured so heavily. Fortunately, there is enough creativity and variety to make the journey quite listenable, particularly because the finale is absolutely soaring and huge. The stacked harmonies, the majestic interpretation of the original chorus, the killer tempo kick...it's all great to my ears. I would nitpick the fade-out, but I just don't have the heart to do that here (you could argue that I just did, but it's not my intent to make this a backhanded compliment!)

Overall, I believe this represents a needed change of sound, the cohesion of a true band, and the potential for great things! Of all of Neal's solo and collaborative material, I have heard little that reminds me of Spock's Beard, but I swear there are sections here (fat, groovy bass from Randy, energetic but understated drums from Mike, for example) that really take me back, and in a good way. Here's hoping for Grand Revival in the future!

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 The Grand Experiment (as The Neal Morse Band) by MORSE, NEAL album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.78 | 119 ratings

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Neal Morse Symphonic Prog

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JazzRock/Fusion Teams

3 stars I'm not ashamed to admit that I miss Neal Morse's compositions with Spock's Beard. His guest appearance on "Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep" helped, I believe, to make that one of this decade's best (so far) prog albums. His previous studio album, "Momentum", was quite good, so I didn't hesitate to pick this one up when my local CD store gave it a good sale price.

While instrumentally, this is a fine album, it gives me the feeling that Morse is getting into a rut.

First, there is the format. It seems that just about every Morse project consist of two epic tracks framing three shorter, poppier tracks. And that's exactly what we get here. Second, I really do like the music Morse has written here, but, for the most part, it all sounds made up of riffs from old SB tracks. And third, the lyrics. While I am an atheist, I have no problem with religious lyrics, if they are artfully done, but here, Morse's words are ins... insp... ins... oh, insipid.

I feel like I need a Christian Buzzword Bingo card when I'm listening to this. Morse's epics are both inspiring tales, hoping to convey to the poor listener the idea that if you are down and out, the way to raise your spirits up is to give your soul to some imagined supernatural being who controls everything. Okay, I've heard other songs of this type, and they don't have such a negative affect on me, but these are downright trite.

In The Call, Morse uses simplistic evangelical catchphrases to try to entice you into the fold, but I'll I can think of is "What call is he talking about? The one that wants me to consolidate my debt? The one where I am qualified for a "free" security system, or some other "unbelievable" offer? Or how about the guy who claims to be from Microsoft, who think I believe him when he says that he sees a virus on my computer?"

That song doesn't compare to Alive Again, where Morse panders with a character described as the "wounded warrior", who, of course, is in a bad way, and only getting washed in the sea, by a guy walking on water, will bring him back. Come on, Neal, get some originality. You once were good at that.

And Neal? I understand that you are proud of your Agenda, but isn't pride supposed to be one of your sins?

Despite the obvious buzzwords, Waterfall is actually a nice track. It has a CSNY feel, with great harmonies, and is the most original song on the album.

Don't get me wrong. I like the music (not the words) on this album. I just don't love them.

For a Neal Morse fix, if you can block out the vocals, it's not bad.

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3.78 | 119 ratings

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Review by Lofcaudio

4 stars This is a great album. I would love to give it 5 stars, but it comes up just short. The Neal Morse Band delivers with a very creative album that is probably like no other album you have heard....ever. It's got a little bit everything and that everything is quite good to my ears.

Track 1: The Call. Outstanding! Take the best of Queen and the best of Styx and you have the sound of this song. It's really that good (yet, not even the best song on the album in my opinion). If you are thinking that Queen and Styx aren't prog enough for you, have no fear. That's what is so great about this song. It's plenty prog, with plenty of high-quality hooks that hit all my 70s and 80s pop itches.

Track 2: The Grand Experiment. Initially I hated it. But ten listens in, this is a really nice song. Anyone who says they hate this song, I immediately dismiss it because I know they haven't heard it enough times. While I would love to think differently, prog is tough. It's so acquired that even those of us who love it (prog music) through and through can't digest it on the first few listens. This is one of those songs. It's polarizing because it's very poppy. "Oh...this sounds like pop...trash." While I agree it is very poppy, I also think it is very proggy. If this is a filler song on an album, it must be one heck of an album.

Track 3: Waterfall. GREAT SONG! We have seen in the past how Morse has been quite adept at bringing multiple voices together and this song is basically "June" (Kindness of Strangers) on steroids. One of the exceptional parts of this album is the vocal harmonies with the inclusion of Eric Gillette and Bill Hubauer and this particular song really showcases what this band can do in that department. This is a ballad quite unique from anything else in the Morse catalog and I find that it works really well.

Track 4: Agenda. This is one of those "love it or hate it" songs and I happen to love it. Great tune that jumps from hard edge verses to a floating chorus. Regardless of how you feel about it, I dare you to listen to it a couple of times and not find it haunting you throughout the course of your day. It is very catchy.

Track 5: Alive Again. Plain and simple, this is a 5-star song from start to finish. Eric Gillette steals the show with some delicious vocals every time he comes in with the dramatic phrase "Now I feel like I'm alive again..." This song is so good that you can listen to the whole thing and feel as if only 5 or 6 minutes have passed, when the total clock time is actually over 26 minutes. There is an exceptional moment from the 7:30 - 9:00 mark which truly is some of the best 90 seconds of music ever....literally spine-tingling. I could use all sorts of superlatives to describe various aspects of this track, instead I'll just say that it is a very satisfying ending to a solid set of songs. It's easily in my Top 5 epics alongside of Seeds of Gold, The Creation, At the End of the Day and The Door.

I like all 5 songs and "Alive Again" is outstanding. However, four stars is all that I'm willing to give it because there is definitely a lull that occurs in the middle of the album between the bookend tracks. It's not really fair because if those middle songs were on other albums they might be considered the standouts, but Alive Again and The Call are so good, the three other songs pale in comparison and make the album feel a little less consistent than it really is.

If you like classic Spock's Beard, Styx, Queen, ELO...you will love this album.

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 The Grand Experiment (as The Neal Morse Band) by MORSE, NEAL album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.78 | 119 ratings

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The Grand Experiment (as The Neal Morse Band)
Neal Morse Symphonic Prog

Review by Ieshee1i

2 stars (in case it matters, I'm reviewing the special edition)

I only gave this two spins so far, but I'm already regretting my purchase and the ticket I bought for their upcoming tour. Well, at least it will be an opportunity to discover Beardfish.

The first track and the last track (namely, "The Call" and "Alive Again") of this record are the only ones they should have kept; the rest are fillers whose quality lies somewhere between mediocre and forgettable (which reminds me of Spock's Beard's V, a record that would have been so much better if it consisted only of the three good -- great! -- songs it contains). I remember being very disappointed when Neal released the video for the title track, and only bought this album because of the very positive reviews that have been written recently. I should have trusted my initial gut feeling.

I won't waste too many words on the bad fillers; the chorus of the title track eventually stuck in my head , but only because it's easy to remember. This song is bad, but it's actually the best of the bad songs. Another reviewer already expressed his views on "Agenda", and yeah, it's pretty bad. I thought "Waterfall" was alright during the first listen, but I couldn't bear to listen to the whole song a second time (even though it's not that long by Morse's standards). Suffice it to say that the fact that they're not "prog songs" (whatever your definition is) has nothing to do with their quality. And if any other (prog or not) band had released those, nobody would even have paid attention.

"The Call" is, to me, the more interesting of the two good tracks, and features everyone singing. "Alive Again" is an epic and as usual, it will probably take a few listens for me to absorb it completely. I'm pretty sure, however, that it's certainly not in the same league as "All of the Above" or "Into the Blue" to name only two much better examples of what Neal is capable of (there may be many more, I must confess I'm not too familiar yet with Neal's solo work, which is why I'm refering to Transatlantic instead). Both these songs have nevertheless some great moments, so I'll focus on those if I ever play this CD again. That said, I probably have given -- and probably will give -- "Lifeline" more listens than this even though I usually only play the first and last track of that record too.

Somewhat ironically, the second disc in this special edition is nearly more interesting than the regular record (except for "MacArthur Park"; I don't know the original song, but after hearing twice about that "cake that took so long to bake", I just had to skip to the next song...).

I haven't watched the making of yet, and I'm not sure that I will. Bottom line: give "The Call" and "Alive Again" a try, but unless you fall in love with these, I suggest you spend your money on something else.

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 The Grand Experiment (as The Neal Morse Band) by MORSE, NEAL album cover Studio Album, 2015
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Neal Morse Symphonic Prog

Review by floflo79

5 stars The last prog rock album by Neal Morse was Momentum in 2012. After 3 years, Neal Morse came back on the prog side with The Grand Experiment. And it's surely one of his best effors. The album begins with The Call (or Following The Call) which is a ten minutes song. It's very proggy, with many solos (the synth one at 8 minutes is awesome), great melodes, time signatures changes, etc... A great track. After that, there's the title track which is not very prog, more hard rock but pleasant. Waterfall is a beautiful track with vocal harmonies, acoustic guitars,... The melody is great and the production is awesome. Agenda is the worst song on the album. It sounds like an awful rock FM songs of the 90's. But I think it's pretty humoristic or a parody. Alive Again is the closing epic of 27 minutes. It's great, prog as hell, with awesome developpement. So, this album is great, better than Momentum for me. The best of 2015 at the moment.

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 The Grand Experiment (as The Neal Morse Band) by MORSE, NEAL album cover Studio Album, 2015
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Neal Morse Symphonic Prog

Review by The Ploot

4 stars As this is my debut review (please forgive the rhyme), I'll keep it brief.

BAD NEWS: There are two stinkers on this much anticipated (by me anyway) record. The title track is a bit weak (okay - truth is it's pretty bad) but the other song, "Agenda" goes way beyond bad - it's PUTRID! I'm mortified, and Neal ought to be embarrassed by this substandard composition.

HOWEVER (and here's the GOOD NEWS)...

"Waterfall" is utterly GORGEOUS - the vocal harmonies are truly sublime. As for the obligatory epic, "Alive Again" (which could just as easily have been called "Born Again") is (BEWARE: I'm gonna flagrantly violate my self-imposed "banned words" edict)... AWESOME! (I probably should have added more exclamation points).

There are other jewels to be found here, including live stuff AND... TNMB's interpretation of Jimmy Webb's classic "MacArthur Park". They did to it what YES did to Paul Simon's "America"... TIMES TEN! Outstanding job, fellas.

Please excuse my shameless display of hyperbole but... but NOTHING. Notwithstanding the two bombs I so harshly denounced, I wholeheartedly recommend "THE GRAND EXPERIMENT" and hereby award it FOUR STARS.

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Review by guillermo68

3 stars I think is time for Neal Morse to take a little break from writing music. An album (sometimes 2 or 3) a year, can be exhausting. While not a bad album, definitely not one of his best either. My main concer is that he is using the same formula again, and again, and again, at least in his last two progressive albums (Momentum and The Grand Experiment). Some songs are good, like The Call or Alive Again, but Agenda is perhaps his worst song ever. So all in all, its an average album by Neal Morse standards (hence the 3 star rating, actually more like 2.75 stars), so I hope he takes a step back, and spends more than 3 or 4 months writing and recording his next album.

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 Songs From November by MORSE, NEAL album cover Studio Album, 2014
2.90 | 42 ratings

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Neal Morse Symphonic Prog

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

3 stars Even in his proggiest moments (and there's been plenty of those!), Spock's Beard founder Neal Morse has always displayed one of the keenest ears for catchy melodies, clever song-writing skill and sublime harmonies in modern progressive music. This skill was one of the standouts points that instantly made the Spock's band grab the attention of prog listeners, and it gave them an accessible quality that could have easily opened them up to more mainstream listeners, and this has maintained throughout his entire career, and especially into his current solo career too. `Songs From November' sees the artist stepping away from prog rock, instead delivering a set of classy and well played 70's styled straight- forward rock music, but with strong melodies and memorable choruses that seem to be dipped in the honey-pot of pop music and classic rock perfection!

Infectious boppy horns and sax dance through the upbeat opener `Whatever Days', the first track to drop a killer chorus that will instantly become lodged in your head, then `Heaven Smiled' is a classy reflective acoustic guitar and piano ballad. `Flowers In A Vase' is a Crosby Stills and Nash/The Thorns/Gram Parsons inspired gentle country rocker with wilting slide guitar and sweet chorus harmonies. `Love Shot An Arrow' is an absolute standout, a timeless and massive power ballad with the kind of biggest grandest chorus that retro-rocker Matthew Sweet might have delivered at his peak. `Song For The Free' is a chest-beating protest song with a driving momentum, but another standout is the downbeat but beautiful piano ballad `Tell Me Annabelle', a softly melancholic and wistful heart-break wrapped in a powerful tune.

`My Time of Dying' alternates somber confronting verses with a proud and sure joyful chorus, the weeping violin a highlight. `When Things Slow Down' is a pleasing ballad about trying to find the time to appreciate the things in life that mean the most. `Daddy's Daughter' is a deeply personal ballad Neal devotes to his daughter, and although it's a little sickly sentimental and has a few clunky lyrics, `All that's black and white to you brings colour to my world' is a pretty cool line in the chorus! `Wear The Chains' adds a bit more string-driven drama, backing up a scathing protest lyric, and album closer `The Way of Love' is a big Beatles-esque pop ballad (and listen out for some quickly proggier chunky bass trying to sneak it's way out too!).

Listeners should be aware that a couple of the songs still offer some overtly Christian lyrics, but at this point in his career, this should really come as no surprise! But Morse simply offers a collection of timeless tracks with cool arrangements, thoughtful lyrics and winning melodies, and you can hear in his voice how excited and relaxed he is to be leaving aside the bombast and technical overkill of prog rock for a change and simply cutting loose with a bunch of great tunes! If you're a listener who enjoys Morse's overall ability instead of just his prog credentials, you already know the melodic skill and strong song-writing the guy will bring here, and `Songs From November' is highly recommended to those who appreciate that general talent.

Three stars for this prog rock website, but four stars for those who simply appreciate a damn fine rock/pop album.

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 Songs From November by MORSE, NEAL album cover Studio Album, 2014
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Neal Morse Symphonic Prog

Review by nickel

3 stars Let's get this out of the way: There is no Prog Rock on this album. Neal Morse is not only a multi-instrumentalist, but he's also a multi-genre-ist. Also worth noting: This is not a religious or overtly Christian album. So it may be quite a departure from what you are used to with Mr. Morse (Mike Portnoy does not appear either).

So what is this? It's best described as a Singer/Songwriter album in which Neal uses pop, rock, folk, hints of gospel, and hints of country as an ode to Family (not the band... his actual family) and the concept of love. It's a personal collection of songs from a time when Neal took time for some introspection and personal reflection.

It's actually quite good. I have not been a fan of his non-Prog albums. In fact, this is the first one that I really like. And I really like it. His masterful melodies are in full display here and there are plenty of catchy choruses to sing along with. If you're like me and your musical taste goes well beyond prog and into the world of pop or Southern flavored folk/gospel or "classic rock" or anywhere inbetween, there's something to like on this album.

If this were not a site dedicated to Prog, I'd rate this 4 stars. However, I must consider the audience of this particular site with this review and, therefore, I'm giving it 3 stars.

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