March 18 — Dream Theater front man James LaBrie will release his latest album this summer.
The album, Beautiful Shade of Grey, is scheduled for release May 20 through InsideOut Music. The album will be LaBrie’s fourth solo record. In anticipation of its release, LaBrie debuted the album’s lead single, ‘Devil In Drag‘ and its video Friday.
The song’s musical arrangement blends LaBrie’s prog rock leanings with the slightest vintage Dream Theater influence, as its keyboard line makes clear. The overall composition exudes a deeply contemplative mood from the song.
That mood works somewhat with the song’s lyrical theme, which LaBrie talked about during a recent interview. He said the song is about “someone who started out as a decent human being, but along the way lost touch with their roots – overtime becoming self-serving, narcissistic and devoid of principles or values.”
LaBrie added, “’Devil In Drag’ is written from the perspective of someone who’s known them all their life and, seeing them now, asking ‘what happened?’”
The video for ‘Devil in Drag’ is a semi-animated presentation that also features some of the song’s lyrics as it progresses. At other points, images of a snake on a TV monitor, a person with horns, and flame surrounding LaBrie’s animated head.
The track listing for Beautiful Shade of Grey is noted below.
The full track-listing is as follows:
1.Devil In Drag
3.Give And Take
5.Hit Me Like A Brick
8.What I Missed
9.Am I Right
11.Devil In Drag (Electric Version)
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