what happens when virtuoso musicians and a pop singer decide to jam together to
make new-fashioned music the old fashioned way? What you get is a super group,
Colors is composed of Mike Portnoy (drums, vocals), Dave LaRue (bass), Neal
Morse (Keyboards, Vocals), Casey McPherson (lead vocals), and Steve Morse
(guitar). Together, they create a unique fusion of vintage craftsmanship,
contemporary music and blistering live performances. What began as an unlikely
premise had become a reality more rewarding than anyone had imagined.
Refreshing, classic, old and new—Flying Colors is saturated with the many
styles, tones and hues of its artists.
album kicks off with Blue Ocean. Starting off with a bass
riff, with short and sweet licks over it, this song is a treat for your ears
right from the start! What makes this song even more appealing is the guitar
tone, which reminds you of the scene in the ’80s. Casey McPherson’s vocals
sound exactly like it’s supposed to sound in a hard rock song, talking about
the ever-changing life and one’s desire to reach out to utopia. The guitar solo
at the end is another treat, as Steve Morse fills it with his bluesy licks.
on the line is Shoulda Coulda Woulda. A slightly heavier track, this one has a
regretful tone towards things one could have done, instead of facing the agony
of feeling like locked up in one’s own secrets.
This may be one of the lesser appealing songs in the album, but the
guitar sure makes up for everything! Perhaps
the best track from the album is Kayla which undeniably justifies the
chaos these five magical musicians can bring. The Storm on the other
side is yet another reflective song, it talks about the changes we face
everyday(the storm), which changes us for the better or may be for the worse,
but it’s a constant change. Extremely catchy and melodic, this is another song
destined to be a single!
#5 is called Forever In A Daze. It’s not very often that you come across
songs like this one which starts off with a beautiful guitar lick over
slap-bass lines! Mike Portnoy’s drum lines add to the feel of the tight groove.
The lyrics are written exactly the way it used to be in the good old days of
the ’80s and ’90s. The song features a bass solo, instead of a guitar solo. Now
that is something you definitely don’t see too many bands do, these days. It’s
really amazing how one Steve Morse uses a single lick throughout the song and
makes it sound so beautiful. That’s the mark of a genius!
up, we have Love is what I’m Waiting For. From the very beginning, this
song sounds like one of those songs from the classic rock era, reminding people
about the one little thing missing in everyone’s lives: Love! Casey McPherson
sure knows how to use the falsetto to his advantage and the simple strumming of
the guitar makes the song even catchier.
Personally one of my favorites from the album, this song is sure to be a
future single. Everything
Changes, the next song, starts off with a Pink Floyd like intro and
somehow you will find traces of the Pink Floyd influence throughout the song,
be it the vocals or the melodic lead lines or thy lyrical theme. This song
talks about how we all strive for perfection but never really get there because
everything around is constantly changing. Coupled with some very soothing melodic lead
lines and Casey McPherson’s comforting voice, this has got to be the most
melodic track in the album.
all know it’s never wise to give up, but often need someone to remind us from
time to time and what better way than the next song, Better Than Walking Away. With lyrics full of emotions and the message
of love, this song sure teaches you never to walk away from a situation,
because “Rage is a game for the lonely/War is a front for our greed”. Steve Morse’s lead lines fit in so perfectly,
it seems even his guitar is crying out all the emotions in the lyrics.And
finally we have a song which reminds you of Dream Theater! This one’s called All
Falls Down. With progressive
drum lines, you can feel Portnoy’s presence every second of this song. A
slightly heavier song compared to the rest, it’s got some serious fast paced
shredding and the lyrical theme sounds a bit apocalyptic, though it strictly
adheres to the typical hard rock sound.
off with an awesome lick, something you associate with Eric Clapton songs. The
song speaks of self-introspection, the constant conflict, one is with himself
and even though it’s difficult to tame the heart, it’s all one’s got .The
interludes are crafted to perfection. One can only sit back and enjoy the song
with the most poignant solos you might ever hear along with Mike Portnoy’s
beautiful voice. Looks like they saved the best for the last! The
album finally comes to a close with Infinite Fire, a 12 minute “EPIC” track which concludes this amazing journey by 5 legendary musicians.
a great debut album, it sure gave fans what they‘ve been looking for, for quite
some time: The vintage craftsmanship combined with unorthodox approach to