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This review is from: Flying Colors [Limited Edition] (Audio CD)
At first, Mike Portnoy and Neal Morse were probably the main reasons for me purchasing this album, Mike Portnoy is one of my main musical influences and I'm also a big Transatlantic fan. With Mike's rather Hasty exit from Dream Theater I was so hoping for a great new album from him after Adrenaline Mob (Which wasn't really to my taste!) and Flying Colors for me certainly delivered, this Album is so laid-back it's unbelievable, just 5 great musicians working well together.
I had no idea who Casey McPherson was at first aswell, but his vocals fit perfectly with every song with Dave LaRue and Steve Morse also gelling really well on guitars. I honestly couldn't choose a favorite track from this Album "The Storm" and "Better than Walking Away" are outstanding however! So, if you are looking for Dream Theater/Transatlantic esque 15 minute epics you won't get that with this album, what you will get with Flying Colors however is consistent quality and great musicianship throughout the whole album and it's so refreshing to know there are still new bands that are capable of producing meaningful music that has alot of replay value, and are not obsessed with how they look or how much money they make.
Take a Gamble, I thoroughly recommend this Album!