Neal Morse is very prolific... Transatlantic, Worship Sessions, his Prog solo career and a lot of touring. He even got involved with the most recent Spock's Beard album (on one song). If I exclude is Worship Sessions (I never actually listened to them), I personally feel that he has been stretching it a bit, tending to use the same recipies on much of his output. This being said, his last Prog solo album, Momentum (2012), I did enjoy to some extent.
In 2001, Morse put out an album (It's not to Late) of shorter poppier songs that was very good. So, 13 years later, I was interested in hearing what he could offer in a similar format.
Songs From November is a collection of 11 Folk/Pop/Gospel songs fronted by Morse's very recognisable vocals. As expected, all of them are well constructed and performed. I admit I was hoping that Neal Morse would use this album to explore new fields, to reinvent himself to some extent. This is partially the case, since there is an obvious difference between a 4 minute song and a 30 minute Prog Epic. This being said, Songs From November is very much a Neal Morse album. He still sings in a very emotional and intense way, mostly explores the same themes (faith, spirituality...) and sometimes the songs kinda sound like a section of an epic track, even though no keyboard solos can be found here.
I think that Neal Morse fans will enjoy this simpler music from him, while still recognising his personal style. This album may also allow him to reach a number new fans (that probably wont get into Transatlantic though). Personally Songs From November is not an album I'll listen to very often. For this kind of vibe, I'll stick with James Taylor.