No formal introduction is
needed for Neal Morse, and regular readers of this site know that I have
followed him and his many projects from the early days of Spock's Beard, and
it's no secret that I absolutely love most of the things he's been involved in.
And now he's back with a new
solo album, and one that really doesn't sit completely well with me; on one hand
we have four massive progressive rock jewels and on the other one of the least
intriguing songs from his pen in, like forever...
The album kicks off as
expected with "Following the Call", which basically picks off where he left us
with "Momentum", and the title song falls nicely in line as well. The emotional
ballad "Waterfall" follows with some really impressive singing, but then things
derails a bit, and "Agenda" does absolutely nothing for me, plain and simple -
just like the song itself! But thankfully we are saved by the epic prog monster
"Alive Again" that puts us back on track and displays everything we love and
expect from a band of this caliber.
This album gets my stamp of
approval, and if you are into his earlier stuff, and which progressive rock fan
isn't? then you should get this rock solid effort from one of the masters!