When Flying Colors announced itself a few years ago, fans reacted with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. After all, the quintet consisted of some of the most beloved musicians in the progressive rock field, including Neal Morse (Transatlantic, ex-Spock’s Beard), Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic, ex-Dream Theater), and Steve Morse (Dixie Dregs), so expectations were extremely high for their first effort. Fortunately, their eponymous 2012 debut was met with plenty of positivity, thanks to its poppy yet intricate and heavy formula. Seeing as how these guys are also quite prolific, it’s not surprising that they’re already releasing a follow-up. Entitled ‘Second Nature,’ the record promises to be “chock full of all the prog, pop, and rock goodness” you’d expect.
As for the track list, it seems to mirror its predecessor in terms of arrangement. In the same way that ‘Flying Colors’ placed several shorter compositions before an epic closer (“Infinite Fire”), ‘Second Nature’ features eight easily digestible gems before finishing off with a three-part beast known as “Cosmic Symphony.” Of course, the full track list can be found below:
01-Open Up Your Eyes
04-The Fury Of My Love
05-A Place In Your World
06-Lost Without You
07-One Love Forever
I. Still Life of the World
II. Searching For the Air
III. Pound for Pound
Of course, there are also several pre-order options (which can be made here). The choices include CD, 2LPs, iTunes digital, or Amazon MP3, and a special edition, which offers an “epic” DVD with the following content:
1) Music videos for “Mask Machine” and “A Place in Your World.”
2) Over an hour of interviews with the band.
3) Over an hour track-by-track analysis of the album from the band.
4) The exciting album trailer.
5) Casey’s Hat confessions: A social commentary on horse radish.
For more information, check out the official Flying Colors website.