Neal Morse Band will release Innocence & Danger on August 27 via InsideOut. But unlike the group’s previous two double albums albums, its songs are completely unconnected.
Says drummer Mike Portnoy, “After two sprawling back-to-back double concept albums in a row, it was refreshing to get back to writing a collection of unrelated individual songs in the vein of our first album.”
Making this album came easy to the band; while the initial inspiration came particularly from keyboard player Bill Hubauer and bassist Randy George, the ideas flowed from everybody. George recalls: “I’m excited about the level of collaboration that we achieved on this one. We even went in with a lot of ideas that weren’t necessarily developed, and I think in the end we have something that represents the best of everybody in the band.”
In fact – like its two predecessors – Innocence & Danger is a double album by inspiration, rather than design, as Portnoy explains: “As much as we wanted to try and keep it to a single album after having just done two double albums, we wrote so much material that we found ourselves with our third double album in a row! That’s pretty prog!”
There’s also plenty in Innocence & Danger to excite those prog fans who have a thirst for epics. Frontman Neal Morse explains: “There's one half hour epic and another that's about 20 minutes long. I really didn't realise that they were that long when we were recording them, which I guess is great because if a movie is really good, you don't realise that it's three hours long! But there are also some shorter songs: some have poppier elements, some are heavier and some have three part acoustic sections. I’m excited about all of it, really.”
The album will be released as a limited edition 2CD+DVD Digipak (featuring a Making Of documentary), 3LP+2CD Boxset, Standard 2CD Jewelcase & Digital Album, featuring artwork by Thomas Ewerhard (Transatlantic). Pre-orders begin on June 18.
Neal Morse Band will tour North America in October 2021 and in Europe throughout May and June 2022. More dates will be announced soon.
CD 1 (Innocence):
1. Do It All Again
2. Bird On A Wire
3. Your Place In The Sun
4. Another Story To Tell
5. The Way It Had To Be
7. Not Afraid Pt. 1
8. Bridge Over Troubled Water
CD 2 (Danger):
1. Not Afraid Pt. 2
2. Beyond The Years