The Similitude of a Dream

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The Similitude of a Dream
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 11, 2016[1]
RecordedJanuary–September 2016[2][3]
GenreProgressive rock
Length106:35
LabelRadiant Records
Metal Blade Records/Sony Music Entertainment
The Neal Morse Band chronology
The Grand Experiment
(2015)
The Similitude of a Dream
(2016)
The Great Adventure
(2019)
Neal Morse chronology
Alive Again
(2016)
The Similitude of a Dream
(2016)
Life & Times
(2018)

The Similitude of a Dream is the second studio album by progressive rock supergroup The Neal Morse Band, released on November 11, 2016.[1][4] It is a concept album, loosely based on The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Neal Morse; all music composed by Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy, Randy George, Bill Hubauer and Eric Gillette.

CD 1
No.TitleLength
1."Long Day"1:42
2."Overture"5:51
3."The Dream"2:28
4."City of Destruction"5:11
5."We Have Got to Go"2:29
6."Makes No Sense"4:10
7."Draw the Line"4:06
8."The Slough"3:03
9."Back to the City"4:19
10."The Ways of a Fool"6:48
11."So Far Gone"5:21
12."Breath of Angels"6:32
Total length:51:59
CD 2
No.TitleLength
1."Slave to Your Mind"6:27
2."Shortcut to Salvation"4:36
3."The Man in the Iron Cage"5:16
4."The Road Called Home"3:24
5."Sloth"5:48
6."Freedom Song"3:59
7."I'm Running"3:44
8."The Mask"4:28
9."Confrontation"3:59
10."The Battle"2:57
11."Broken Sky/Long Day (Reprise)"9:58
Total length:54:36

Personnel[edit]

The Neal Morse Band
Special guests
  • Chris Carmichael – violin, viola, and cello
  • Eric Darken – percussion ("Breath of Angels")
  • Ann, Alfreda and Regina McCrary – background vocals ("Breath of Angels")
  • Sarah Hubauer – baritone and alto saxophone ("Overture")
  • Spencer McKee – marimba ("The Battle")
  • Dave Buzard – stomps ("City of Destruction")
  • Bruce Babad – saxophone ("Shortcut to Salvation")
  • Steve Herrman – trumpets ("I'm Running")
  • Jim Hoke – tenor and baritone saxophone ("I'm Running")
  • Rich Mouser – pedal steel ("Freedom Song"), electric guitar ("The Man in the Iron Cage")

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Stereoboard.com4.5/5 stars[6]

The Similitude of a Dream was received with high praise, being honored as "Album of the Year" (2016) by online music magazines including The Prog Report,[7] The Fire Note,[8] and Rock at Night.[9]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[10] 169
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[11] 86
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[12] 49
French Albums (SNEP)[13] 178
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[14] 25
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[15] 56

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Munro, Scott (September 9, 2016). "The Neal Morse Band issue Long Day/Overture lyric video". Prog. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  2. ^ "Radiant Records - Timeline". Facebook. January 13, 2016. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  3. ^ "Radiant Records - Timeline". Facebook. September 13, 2016. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  4. ^ "THE NEAL MORSE BAND To Release 'The Similitude Of A Dream' In November". Blabbermouth. September 10, 2016. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  5. ^ Karadimitris, Chris (October 24, 2016). "The Neal Morse Band (Neal Morse)". Noisefull. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  6. ^ Ramsay, Simon (November 24, 2016). "The Neal Morse Band - 'The Similitude Of A Dream' (Album Review)". www.stereoboard.com. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  7. ^ Best Prog Albums of 2016
  8. ^ Prog 2016 – The Year In Review
  9. ^ Progressive Rock Extravaganza: A look at my favorite albums of the year 2016
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Neal Morse Band – The Similitude of a Dream" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Neal Morse Band – The Similitude of a Dream" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  12. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Neal Morse Band – The Similitude of a Dream" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  13. ^ "Lescharts.com – The Neal Morse Band – The Similitude of a Dream". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  14. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – The Neal Morse Band – The Similitude of a Dream" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  15. ^ "Swisscharts.com – The Neal Morse Band – The Similitude of a Dream". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 23, 2016.