Power of Metal.dk Review

The Neal Morse Band
The Grand Experiment
Style: Prog Rock
Release date: 16 February, 2015
Playing time: 52:55

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!

01. Following the Call (10:15)
02. The Grand Experiment (5:30)
03. Waterfall (6:32)
04. Agenda (3:45)
05. Alive Again (26:42)


Label: InsideOut Music
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 85/100
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: 9 February, 2015
Website: www.nealmorse.com