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Neal MorseAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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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: #167,768 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

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars N-I-C-E!! 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great October 16, 2008
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I am a long time fan of Neal Morse, Spock's Beard, and Transatlantic music so my leanings towards epic, powerful, emotion-evoking music is clear. However, I believe some of the reviews have got it right; Neal's done this before. There is a level of predictability in most of the songs that lacks freshness. Don't get me wrong; I'd buy it again because I'm a fan, but my expectations are tempered. If you are new to Neal, any of his prior 4 releases are excellent representations of his musical prowess with ? and Sola Scriptura topping the list. This felt a little more like Neal 'light'. I will continue to track Neal's music but, given he is a musical genius, I hope he can change directions as he goes forward like Spock's Beard did in their early releases. If you are a hard core fan, just get it. If you are more fickle, look to other Neal Morse releases for the true progressive rock masterpieces. Good luck!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He Never Let's Me Down! 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flogging a Dead Horse 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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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Time for something new September 30, 2008
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First, let me say that I am one of Neal's biggest fans. I loved everything he's put out. That being said, this album is just "ok". Neal is getting VERY repetitious. I was able to predict his arrangements and melodies on most of the songs. Some of his riffs on this CD have been used before on previous CD's. One major problem is Mike Portnoy. Mike is one of the best rock drummers ever, but he's doing the same stuff over and over now. How many times does he have to do that alternating ride/china beat? Time for Neal to make a change in the drum department. Rod Morgenstein I think would be a good fit. Since Neal has already worked with him it's a possibility. Leviathan is the only song on this CD that I feel Neal branched out a little, though it still contains a riff previously used in Author of Confusion from the ONE album. The sax solo on So Many Roads is awesome also.

As predictable as this CD is though, it still blows away 99% of Christian music currently out there. Definitely still worth a purchase.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Critics: move on.
I see lots of reviews from prog fans who can't get past the overt and pervasive Christian lyrics. Sorry to say it guys, but if you can't take it, it's time to move on and find... Read more
Published 18 months ago by M. Brisson
2.0 out of 5 stars time for a pause?
Neal Morse is a prodigiously talented songwriter/composer and multi-instrumentalist. And he's among the most prolific artists out there; at times almost feverishly so. Read more
Published on November 22, 2009 by Terry Theise
5.0 out of 5 stars To all the critics...
You know... I agree with you... but I find I play this disc all the time. I like every song on it and the bonus disc. Read more
Published on July 16, 2009 by eddiepresley
5.0 out of 5 stars Neal Knows !!!
I have always been a fan of Prog-Rock (Genesis, Kansas, Styx) lot's
of keyboards and blazing guitar work with lyrics that mean something. Read more
Published on July 1, 2009 by George C. Hutton
2.0 out of 5 stars too much jesus, not enough jamming
Let me start by saying that I love all of Neal Morse's albums up to Lifeline. I should also mention that I am emphatically not a christian. Read more
Published on June 10, 2009 by M. Durham
3.0 out of 5 stars Heavy-Metal, Long-Haired, Blue-Bearded, Tattooed-Jew???
Considering all the work Neal has done thus far, it is difficult to review this album without a certain degree of criticism. I admire Mr. Read more
Published on February 25, 2009 by Prog-Rev-Elation
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great effort
I agree with a lot of the reviews here in that this album is very reminiscent of his past albums - almost to the point of thinking most of these tunes are tracks that didn't make... Read more
Published on January 7, 2009 by P. O'Connor
5.0 out of 5 stars Lifeline for Prog fans
Looking at the 16 reviews to date, I see that one thing is clear... this might not be Neal's best album ever. However, this is still a great album. Read more
Published on December 31, 2008 by Randall A. Hardin
4.0 out of 5 stars Predictably Fantastic *sigh* as Usual
Honestly, I've come to expect this from ol' Neal. But his predictability is actually a very good thing. Read more
Published on December 16, 2008 by Elmer Torquemada
5.0 out of 5 stars Song oriented, yet still progressive!!!
There has been some undeserved critisism thrown at Neal's latest album "Lifeline" lately. True it's not as progressive as Sola Scriptura, Neal's last studio album. Read more
Published on November 2, 2008 by Bryan
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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
Sep 10, 2008 by Glenn O. Kirms |  See all 13 posts
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