1. Second Nature (CD) ~ Flying Colors
Flying Colors is the talent-ridden supergroup consisting of guitarist Steve Morse, drummer Mike Portnoy, Neal Morse, bass player Dave LaRue and the comparatively new talent, pop singer/songwriter Casey McPherson. The band challenged conventional wisdom about combining virtuoso music and melodic songwriting in their new album, Second Nature.
The first album was very much a blind date, Mike Portnoy explains. Although we already had Team Dregs of Steve/Dave and Team Transatlantic of myself/Neal, it was the first time that the five of us had collaborated together as a group. This time there was an existing chemistry, we had not only the prior experiences of making the debut album but also the 2012 tour as well.
Second Nature , the sophomore statement from Flying Colors is released via Mascot Label Group / Music Theories Recordings on September 30, 2014. Sporting stunning artwork from the legendary designer Hugh Syme and bookended by two tracks of truly epic stature Open Up Your Eyes and the multiple-part Cosmic Symphony the album is every bit as breathtaking as the debut.
Portnoy stresses that the music s proggier path was not conscious at all. The drummer continues: Direction was never even discussed. We just did what we do. I think perhaps not having a producer to trim the fat possibly led to the songs breathing and expanding a bit more.
Perhaps Steve Morse sums things up best with the statement: This is an album full of many layers. The more you listen, the more you can hear. It s an album to keep listening to.
2. In The Mood (Amazon Exclusive Deluxe Edition) (CD) ~ Herb Alpert
On the heels of his 2014 Grammy win for his 2013 album Steppin' Out, legendary trumpeter Herb Alpert presents his latest album, In The Mood. A collection of original compositions and modern takes on classic standards, In The Mood continues Alpert's tradition of pushing his own musical boundaries.
3. No Sound Without Silence (CD) ~ The Script
Multi-platinum Dublin rockers The Script will be releasing their much anticipated 4th studio effort called No Sound Without Silence. "This album is all about trying to bottle that energy when we come off stage," says front-man, singer/songwriter Danny O Donoghue, "as well as that contemplative space between notes.The Script - Danny O'Donoghue, Mark Sheehan, and Glen Plower - released their eponymous debut album in 2008, and achieved hard-earned, worldwide success. The single "Breakeven," went to #1 on the US charts after a record-setting, near-year-long ascent, and the album went on to double-platinum sales. It was followed by Science and Faith in 2010, which debuted at #1 in the UK and Ireland. Their much-heralded #3 world tour spanned 11 months, and saw them play sold out arena shows in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. The Script has sold more than 20 million records, with all 3 offerings achieving multi-platinum status throughout the world. The three-man group, which has been called 'Ireland's biggest band since U2."
The album's first single "Superheroes" which impacted radio during the last week of July, has an early radio audience of 4.4 million people already! Other songs on their new album include "No Good In Goodbye," "The Energy Never Dies," and "Man On A Wire," among others.
4. ...The Stories We Could Tell (CD) ~ Mr. Big
Mr. Big are back with their second studio album since the reunion of the original line up in 2009, the follow up to 2011's successful, WHAT IF... album. ...THE STORIES WE COULD TELL was recorded under the direction of Pat Regan (Deep Purple, KISS, Warrant, Keel).