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CD REVIEW: FLYING COLORS – Second Nature

| 27 September 2014 | Reply

Flying-Colors-Second-Nature

Label: Mascot Label Group

Release Date: September 30, 2014

Rating: 9/10

Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur

Prog and fusion have never been prevalent on my radar, but something about Flying Colors has grabbed my attention from their self-titled first release to their Live In Europe disc and now Second Nature.  “Open Up Your Eyes” is a perfect track to kick this disc off.  The musicianship is outstanding, as are the vocals.  The layers and different textures of this track make seamless when all is said and done, make it impossible to believe this song clocks in at over 12-minutes.  “Mask Machine” comes along with a cool bass intro from Dave LaRue that gets a lift when Mike Portnoy kicks in some drum fills and the rest of the band start to add their individual contributions.  “A Place In Your World” has a cool fusion feel to it that seems to transcend anything else on the disc thus far.  The Morse-Morse connection on keyboards and guitars mix nicely while the rhythm section keeps the track moving along.  “One Love Forever” merges different sounds and rhythms to create an ethereal track that marries the different instruments with the vocals, giving the song a cohesive feel though it deviates slightly from the path set before it by previous tracks on the disc.

“Bombs Away” allows Steve Morse’s guitar to dance against the tapestry created by the other players, especially when Casey McPherson’s vocals kick in and allow this track to soar, while the track remains anchored.  “The Fury Of My Love” follows and gives the disc a true ballad-like track, as Neal Morse’s piano/keyboards duet beautifully with McPherson, while the rest of the band eventually join and compliment each others performance.  “Lost Without You” has a different feel than other tracks here, but has a familiar feel that let’s it mesh with the other songs on the disc, especially when the chorus kicks in.  The guitar riff woven through the track is light and enhances the tracks nuances.  “Peaceful Harbor” is a great track that shows a different side of not only the band as a unit, but the performers as individual musicians.  The lighter side of each players talent is demonstrated on this track, merging and morphing into a song that is very representative of the different influences behind the band and its players.  “Cosmic Symphony” bookends the disc with another track near the 12-minute mark, albeit split into a three part movement (I – “Still Life Of The World”; II – Searching For Air”; and III – “Pound For Pound”).  While the track seems to flow, there is an obvious break in the musical style of the different components of this cool song.  This finale really demonstrates how diverse the players and their playing are, while wrapping all the different pieces together in a cool track that leaves you wanting more.

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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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