Just in case you shouldn't
know; Transatlantic is a so-called supergroup featuring some the most
prominent members of the prog rock community: Neal Morse
(ex-Spock's Beard), Mike Portnoy (Adrenaline Mob, The Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater), Roine
Stolt (The Flower Kings) and Pete Trewavas
(Marillion), and "Kaleidoscope" is their fourth album, and the follow up to the
highly acclaimed "The Whirlwind" from 2009.
And to be honest; this a
step back for the prog giants! But it doesn't come a big surprise to me, because
how do you top one of the best prog rock albums ever released? But it's only a
very small step back, and the band still belongs among the best in the business,
which they prove in abundance on this brilliant album.
Five songs: three shorter
and two epic bookends, what else would you expect from Transatlantic... I
won't go into specifics, just say that this album will satisfy all
Transatlantic fans, even though I don't feel it up to par with "The
Whirlwind" but maybe that's because I am a sucker for concept albums.
"Kaleidoscope" is moving
within the safe, yet widespread boundaries of their sound, but that doesn't make
it less progressive or less innovative. The production and the deliverance is
absolute top-notch as expected; so sit back and enjoy ride.