Review: Flying Colors - Flying Colors
But across this album, this intense prog performance performance is basically balanced out by a musical element much more turgid. See, the musical dynamic behind Flying Colors is to incorporate elements of prog rock with more mainstream pop rock. It's actually a pretty dynamic idea which shows Portnoy and Morse stepping out of their comfort zones, which is quite admirable. While the warm Blue Ocean and Shoulda Woulda Coulda shows that the creation of gripping hooks are achievable from the band, the overall thoughts on this section of the album are that the poppier elements could have been greatly improved upon. They could have had a more pounding pop punk element behind it but instead the pop rock comes in the form of (groans)... adult alternative music. I've never had a very enjoyable time with the kind of bands that carry the term "adult alternative" (a ridiculous enough name alone) and on Flying Colors, it's no exception. Needless to say, this introduces a whole new set of irony regarding the bands name because Portnoy and Morse at their most active introduce the flying colour. The rest of the album remains pretty flat and bland. At certain points of Love Is What I'm Waiting For, Better Than Walking Away and Fool in My Heart, it sounds more like I'm listening to Take That; a true sign that the songwriting carries an overly radio-friendly ring about it that carries little soul and little swagger.
So, the result of the result of the album shows that prog rock is still awesome and adult alternative music is still pretty pathetic. I don't think I needed a whole album to tell me that. It's a bold attempt to do something a little different in giving prog rock a poppier twist and it's quite an admirable idea being someone that enjoys a good hook in a song every now and then but it has to be done in a way more exciting than this. Sorry Mike. Once again, you continue to present Dream Theater to be doing better without you.
Flying Colors' Flying Colors is out now via Mascot.