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NewEARS Album Of The Month

The Neal Morse Band
- The Grand Experiment -

I was instantly hooked. This album comes at you like compressed steam finally finding an escape. The opening piece, ďThe CallĒ, greets you with soaring harmonies that are soon joined by a powerful accompaniment and a truly impressive drum part; and it only begins there. There are no weak pieces on this album.

According to his website, Morse gathered some friends together with no prewritten material to start with and created from scratch the works we hear on this album. Well, score one for freeform creativity, as well as having excellent taste in friends! Critics can arrogantly claim that Morse having high powered artists like Mike Portnoy, Randy George, Bill Hubauer, and Eric Gillette to work with pretty much guarantees a good product. That may be true to a point. But then again, placing a novice in the highest powered Formula One car only guarantees an ugly crash into the wall of the first turn. Talent is essential; but what is done with it determines the final product. The Grand Experiment is a shining example of what talent, synergy, and being open to working with whatever is being created in the moment can produce. The contributions of each musician are abundantly clear in these tunes. What is also abundantly clear is the sum of this album is even better than its parts. RR-CCR

Essential Track: 'Alive Again' Twenty-six minute magnum opus ďAlive AgainĒ succeeds with its Ďsongs within a songí approach in logically flowing from one part to the next to form a complementary whole. In other words, those into other mega epics from Morse will feel at home from encountering the same high level of sophistication. Consider how ďAlive AgainĒ brings a similar diversity to the table, including upbeat and heavier rocking moments, others taking a ballad-like approach, some acoustic based, multiple instrumental portions (which almost account for half the songs length) and climactic closing that ties everything together in moving fashion. The Neal Morse Band ranks with a select few possessing the technical aptitude to pull such a work off. AR-AW

Read the reviews at Classic Rock Revisited and Prog Archives.

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New England Events

  • 2015-04-04
    The Machine performs Pink Floyd at Calvin Theatre - Northampton, MA at 08:00 PM
    $25 & $35

  • 2015-04-08
    Zappa Plays Zappa One Size Fits All 40th Anniversary Tour at Calvin Theatre - Northampton, MA at 08:00 PM
    $28.50 - $72.50 (VIP)

  • 2015-04-09
    Zappa Plays Zappa One Size Fits All 40th Anniversary Tour at State Theatre - Portland, ME at 08:00 PM
    $35 - $75

  • 2015-04-10
    Zappa Plays Zappa One Size Fits All 40th Anniversary Tour at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM

  • 2015-04-11
    Nightwish at The Palladium - Worcester, MA at 07:00 PM
    With Special Guests Delain
    $35 - $180

  • 2015-04-11
    Brit Floyd - Celebrating Five Decades of Pink Floyd at Lynn Auditorium - Lynn, MA at 08:00 PM
    $47 - $76.05

  • 2015-04-11
    Magma at Brighton Music Hall - Allston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $25 - $30

  • 2015-04-12
    Brit Floyd - Celebrating Five Decades of Pink Floyd at Hanover Theatre - Worcester, MA at 08:00 PM
    $34.50 - $49.50

  • 2015-04-12
    Zappa Plays Zappa One Size Fits All 40th Anniversary Tour at Berklee Performance Center - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $29.50 - $79 VIP

  • 2015-04-16
    Brit Floyd - Space and Time World Tour at Verizon Wireless Arena - Manchester, NH at 08:00 PM
    $20.50 - $39.50

  • 2015-04-17
    Between The Buried And Me as part of the New England Metal And Hardcore Festival at The Palladium - Worcester, MA at 03:00 PM
    $105 - $110 for 3 day pass

  • 2015-04-17
    Brit Floyd - Space and Time World Tour at Cross Center - Bangor, ME at 08:00 PM
    $24.75 - $43.75

  • 2015-04-18
    Brit Floyd - Space and Time World Tour at Flynn Center - Burlington, VT at 08:00 PM
    $38.75 - $59.75

  • 2015-04-18
    Between The Buried & Me at Port City Music Hall - Portland, ME at 08:00 PM
    $18 adv, $20 day of show

  • 2015-04-19
    Brit Floyd - Space and Time World Tour at Veterans Memorial Auditorium - Providence, RI at 07:30 PM
    $38 - $48

  • 2015-04-19
    Jeff Beck at Orpheum Theatre - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $38 - $68.30


    Listen to the latest NewEARS Prog Show Podcast:

    03-20-15 - Special Guest: Randy George (Neal Morse, Ajalon, ...)

    03-13-15 - Special Guest: Resistor (Steve Unruh & Fran Turner)

    03-06-15 - Special Guest: Jonathan Mover (GTR, Marillion, ...)

    02-27-15 - Special Guest: Michael Sadler (Saga)

    02-20-15 - Special Guests: IZZ and Mary Fahl (October Project)

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