As a huge Neal Morse and Mike Portnoy fan I was really happy to hear of their new 'pop' focused super group Flying Colors. The first album was an amazing blend of pop-centric hooks with proggy elements thrown in and of course delivered by amazing musicians. The follow-up had a bit more of a prog focus and while not as consistent as the debut I still really enjoyed it.
Now we get to Third Degree. I could honestly tell from opening seconds that something was amiss. This pop-prog group seems to have traded out the pop melodies for a more prog-fusion approach. There are still hints of the original sound but it is few and far between. For the most part I found Third Degree to be a chore to listen to. There are a handful of tracks that are good (Cadence, You are Not Alone, and Love Letter come to mind), but even those don't touch anything from the first two albums. Last Train Home has a great middle 'solo' section but the actual 'song' portion is so dull that I have to interest to slog through it to get to the middle.
I really wanted to give this one star due to the amount of disappointment but there a few songs that warrant at least the 2 star rating. As an avid Neal fan I'm hoping he got some enjoyment out of this album and if there happens to be a Flying Colors 4 I'll be sure to sample prior to buying as they are no longer on the auto buy list for me.
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- Label: Music Theories
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- Total Length: 1:06:23
- ASIN: B07VVLP6DH
- Customer Reviews: 327 customer ratings
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