Transatlantic, a multinational progressive rock supergroup consisting of Neal Morse, Roine Stolt, Pete Trewavas and Mike Portnoy, released their fifth studio album called “The Absolute Universe,” on Friday, Feb. 5. Their record includes a total of 18 songs, and totals to be one hour and 30 minutes long.
This album follows the form of their previous album called “The Whirlwind,” wherein a number of shorter songs from one complete listening experience, with repeating melodic themes. The COVID-19 lockdown had a large effect on the making of this new album.
Almost every song in this album was very catchy and had several upbeat instruments to enhance the beat. I especially enjoyed the song “Looking for the light,” because it started off with a bang. The electric guitar and drums sounded on point and went great with the lyrics and singer’s voice. I didn’t understand the lyrics too much, but the beat made it so enjoyable to listen to. It definitely doesn’t have a calm vibe to it, so if you’re tired and looking for some energy, I would recommend listening to this song.
I was quick to notice how the rest of the songs in this album started off in similar ways, where an instrument would play loudly in the very first second. The song that threw me off guard was “Love Made a Way,” because it started off very calm, with a subtle electric guitar in the background. The singer was much quieter and sung with more emotion in this song. I really liked listening to it, because there were new instruments throughout the entire song, which kept things interesting.
I liked this album a lot, but I didn’t quite understand and relate to all of the lyrics. I would rate “The Absolute Universe” a 6/10, because it was solid with all of the upbeat instruments and catchy vibes, but I wouldn’t choose to listen to it in my free time.