Here's nothing you’d expect from a prog supergroup – and yet still it's incredibly satisfying
I was stoked when I first heard about the new prog project called Flying Colors
. How could I not be? Some of the biggest names in the progosphere were collaborating in a never-before seen lineup, and the implications were mind-blowing.
We’d already seen what songwriting genius Neal Morse
and top drummer Mike Portnoy
had created together in Transatlantic
and in Neal’s solo efforts. When you add veteran guitar legend Steve Morse
and his Dixie Dregs
compatriot Dave LaRue
, you know they’re brewing something special.
The album met most of my expectations, and circumvented the rest of them by going a completely different and delightful direction.
First, Casey McPherson
, the young and relatively unknown vocalist, brings a fresh sound to a genre that, frankly, isn’t known for showcasing vocal talent. His voice is a nice departure from Neal’s somewhat stale delivery.