Transatlantic - Bridge Across Forever

Year of Release: 2001
Label: Metal Blade
Catalog Number: 3984-14382
Format: CD
Total Time: 70:30:00

When the news broke a few years back about the formation of Transatlantic, I was nothing short of thrilled. Being a fan of all the members and their respective bands, how could this go wrong. SMTPe was subsequently released to a successful reception. The band played a few gigs including NEARfest and then went back to their day jobs. The first release was largely dominated by Neal Morse?s songs, and some felt too much so. But, if you consider the time they had to work together, having Morse come in with ideas ready to go was probably the best approach. The bands choice to cover Procol Harums ?In Held (Twas) In I? may show the shortage of material they had. Bridge Across Forever has been touted as a more group oriented disc, and the results are a positive step forward.

The songs are all cleverly linked to each other. Whether by music or lyrics, the three long tracks all share a piece of each other. The same string quartet melody that opens ?Duel With The Devil? also opens ?Stranger In Your Soul?. Various bits like ?Motherless Children?, and ?Lost and Found? make their way seamlessly into other sections. The jam that opens ?Suite Charlotte Pike? translates the loose feel of this track. It?s approach is almost like side 2 of Abbey Road, little bits of songs put together, though it could be argued that any one of the long tracks works the same. The odd man out here is the title track, which really doesn?t fit with the others. It is a moody piano piece with Neal on his own. The rest of the writing on the disc is credited to all members.

All 4 members get a chance to sing lead. Surprisingly, Trewavas who I never thought should sing does an admirable job during his vocal in ?Stranger In Your Soul?. Its charming in a Ringo Starr like way, not a great voice, but for some reason it works. As you would expect, the playing is great, and the instrumental sections allow the band to really crank it up. I enjoy Trewavas really getting to show off his chops, as Marillion does not give him that option these days. Most importantly, the songs have memorable melodies and the music to match.

Though I hope these guys don?t quit their day jobs, I would like to see Transatlantic continue. If the band had as much fun making this as it is to listen to, I say all systems go. Plus, the first cover showed the skyship travelling over water, now they appear flying over the desert, they at least owe us a landing, don?t you think?

Duel With The Devil (26:43) / Suite Charlotte Pike (14:30) / Bridge Across Forever (5:32) / Stranger In Your Soul (26:06)

Pete Trewavas - bass, bass pedals, vocals
Mike Portnoy - drums, vocals
Roine Stolt - guitars, vocals, mellotron, additional keyboards and percussion
Neal Morse - piano, organ, Moog, Rhodes piano, synths, vocals, additional guitars and mandolin

Guest Musicians:

Chris Carmichael - violin, viola and cello

Keith Mears - saxophone
The "Elite" Choir - background vocals

SMPTe (2000)
Live In America (2001)
Bridge Across Forever (2001)
Bridge Across Forever - Special Edition (2001)
Live In Europe (2003)
The Whirlwind (2009)
More Is Never Enough (CD/DVD) (2011)
Kaleidoscope (2014)
KaLIVEoscope (CD/DVD) (2014)

Live In America (DVD) (2001)
Live In Europe (DVD) (2003)
Building The Bridge Across Forever/Live In America (DVD) (2006)
Whirld Tour 2010 - Live From Shepherd's Bush Empire, London (DVD) (2010)
More Is Never Enough (DVD/CD) (2011)

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin VA

Added: April 27th 2002
Reviewer: Eric Porter

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