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  • Audio CD (September 30, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • ASIN: B001DHC7TQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,235 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Lifeline
2. The Way Home
3. Leviathan
4. God's Love
5. Children of the Chosen
6. So Many Roads: So Many Roads/Star for a Day/The Humdrum Life/All the Wa
7. Fly High

Editorial Reviews

Neal Morse is a prolific American multi-instrumentalist and progressive Rock composer based in Nashville, Tennessee. He is known for his musical versatility,his writing and recording output. The album features performances from Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) on drums and Randy George (Ajalon) on bass as well as special guest appearances including Paul Bielatowicz on guitar and Paul Gilbert (Racer X and Mr. Big) who features on a bonus cut. Neal and his band played the title track, 'Lifeline', live at at the Night of the Prog festival in Loreley, Germany.

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I like every song on it and the bonus disc.
eddiepresley
True it's not as progressive as Sola Scriptura, Neal's last studio album.
Bryan
Neal's music transcends genres, and these songs are proof of this.
Michael Laimo

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Hawkins on August 22, 2009
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After playing this recording, I thought it was very well written and produced! Yes,this is alittle different then Spock's Beard and some other recordings that are on the store's shelf. Neal Morse really changed his life around and it can be heard throughout this recording. Mike Portnoy was much calmer and shows that he can control himself if he wants too. ( speaking language wise there on the bonus cd or cd # 2 )
Anyway,compared to the other reviews that state that Neal should take a break or try something different in his next album,it just shows me what this world is made up of! The lyrics in this recording should be the main concern over how it sounds or how one plays or even what draws a person to keep on listening!!
I give this recording 5 stars not because I enjoy Neal's writting and happen to be a drummer for over 30 years either. Neal loves God and He happens to play a big role in his life anymore! ( that's simply 'AWESOME' ) Give this recording a chance,if you get the one with 2 cd's - you will see that the guy's just had alittle fun while they were together on the 2nd disc - That's all -
Looking forward to the next album you have for us Neal!
God Bless!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Harding VINE VOICE on April 12, 2009
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My introduction to the music of Neal Morse came when he was still the driving force behind Spock's Beard. At that time, he was one of the most gifted and versatile progressive rock musicians on the scene. Since going solo and shifting his focus from the secular to the spiritual, Morse has maintained his high musical standards but in doing so, has seemingly gotten lazy and kept his compositions within a predictable comfort zone.
Not counting DVDs, Lifeline is the fifth explicitly Christian album Morse has produced. His own personal journey to Christ is a compelling story, yes, but he has taken to flogging a dead horse. Long-time fans certainly are aware of where he stands and so many of us wonder how many times he needs to reiterate the story of his conversion. That quibble aside, at least he has been consistent in the proclamation of his faith.
With Lifeline, you get over an hour's worth of enjoyable Christian prog music that includes two major pieces in the best tradition of the genre that amount to two-thirds of the album's playing time. You'll note that many passages sound like they are nods to earlier compositions. You'll also notice Morse's habit of taking a phrase from a once-popular song and inserting it into one of his own songs. On this CD, that phrase comes from Woodstock.
I like the album well enough but deduct a star because on Lifeline, Morse fails to say anything new both musically and lyrically. That being said, any one of his Christian albums stand head and shoulders above most of the rest of what that genre has to offer. The CD comes housed in a standard jewel case and includes an attractive insert containing pertinent album information, lyrics, and lots of pictures.
I hope that Neal listens to his fans and gives them something more original the next time around.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Laimo on October 14, 2008
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Well...what can be said about LIFELINE? Neal Morse's newest release is a bright, melodic musical excursion that not only showcases Neal's brilliance as a musician and songwriter, but also contains some of his very best songs ever recorded. There's much to be said about his prior releases, and it was hard to imagine Neal topping the sheer grandiosity of `Question Mark'. In a way, he really doesn't. But LIFELINE takes listeners to a new place, one brighter, cleaner, and more melodic. Neal's familiar hallmarks are all over LIFELINE, but they're used in a way never before heard. LIFELINE could very well be Neal's crowning achievement, one that will give him the recognition he deserves.

The opening title track LIFELINE is a grand piece familiar in tone and structure to ONE'S opening track, The Creation. However, LIFELINE carries a better melody and production, offering a more fulfilling listening experience. The song is a journey of melodic rock and progressive timings, with a midpoint rock jam driven my Neal's heavy guitar riffs.

Way Home is the first of three AOR-type songs that are truly magical in every sense of the word. It's truly astounding that Neal continuously comes up with beautiful and unique melodies, on each and every release. But here, with Way Home, God's Love, and Children of the Chosen, we have a trio of AMAZING songs that could very easily delight any listener. Neal's music transcends genres, and these songs are proof of this. They are SO GOOD. Think of Way Home as a new June, and Children of the Chosen as new and improved Wind at my Back.

So Many Roads is this album's epic piece, calling upon Neal's lighter past epics, like Stranger in my Soul, or The Great Nothing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Mccormack on January 23, 2010
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I admit, I am a long time fan of Mr. Morse, so my review might be biased by my 'anything-he-touches-is-gold' mentality, but here goes. Again we have the return of the drumming monster Mike Portnoy, as well as top notch musicians across the board as expected. Style wise, we find all of the prog-rock elements present as expected, so fans of Neal's past work should have little to no complaints here. While this release, to me, has a slightly more melodic feel overall than the previous (Sola Scriptura), it is still very consistent with the entire catalog and sound on his solo work. The Special Edition version has a second disc of six additional songs well worth the effort and funds to acquire it. (Review originally appeared in Heaven's Metal - [...]
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Fantastic CD! Neal Morse delivers again ....
Hey Bass boy; I can't wait to hear this in its entirety. I've listened to the clips and have heard a couple in full, but this just sound spectacular. More to his roots as far as Spock's Beard and Transatlantic which might be a relief to some of his fans. As always I think Neal does a great... Read More
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