Watch James LaBrie’s graphic novel-inspired video for Devil In Drag

Dream Theater’s James LaBrie is to release his fourth solo album, Beautiful Shade Of Gray, on May 20 via InsideOut. It’s his first since 2013’s Impermanent Resonance. Check out Wayne Joyner’s (Ayreon/Teramaze) part-animated video for the lead single, Devil In Dragbelow.

LaBrie says that the record’s opener was written 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.

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 vocalist began working on new music shortly after the pandemic began and explains that the album title, Beautiful Shade Of Gray, reflects the LP’s two core themes. “A lot of these lyrics are dealing with the beauty of human beings, and a lot are dealing with the gray areas of the in between. You’re not exactly happy, but you’re not exactly sad, either.”

The album finds him teaming up with Eden’s Curse bassist Paul Logue, whom he first met in 2011, and who plays both bass and acoustic rhythm guitar on the album. Joining him are guitarist Marco Sfogli, who’s contributed to all LaBrie’s solo albums since 2005’s Elements Of Persuasion, Eden’s Curse keyboardist Christian Pulkkinen, and LeBrie’s son Chance on drums.

Check out the video below.

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Beautiful Shade Of Gray Tracklisting

1. Devil In Drag
2. Super Nova Girl
3. Give And Take
4. Sunset Ruins
5. Hit Me Like A Brick
7. Consciousness Calling
8. What I Missed
9. Am I Right
10. Ramble On
11. Devil In Drag (Electric Version)

album cover for James LaBrie's Beautiful Shade Of Gray

(Image credit: Press)

Irene B. Bowles