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A Dramatic Turn Of Events [CD]

Dream Theater Audio CD
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“This album’s a musical and emotional rollercoaster, but most of our albums are,” Mike Portnoy says of Black Clouds & Silver Linings, Dream Theater’s tenth studio album and second Roadrunner release.

Black Clouds & Silver Linings marks another milestone on Dream Theater’s iconoclastic musical journey, which began two and a half decades ago and now ... Read more in Amazon's Dream Theater Store

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  • Audio CD (12 Sep 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • ASIN: B005974CDU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,246 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A Dramatic Turn Of Events is the eleventh studio album from progessive metal band Dream Theater. Following the much-reported departure of drummer Mike Portnoy, it is the band's first record with worldclass sticksman Mike Mangini.

"We have poured our hearts and minds into the creation of this album," states keyboardist Jordan Rudess. "All the life changing events that surrounded us before, as well as during the whole process, fuelled our desire to dig deep within ourselves and create the best music we possibly could."

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78 of 88 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Dream Theater fans tend to be an obsessive bunch, almost invariably skilled and knowledgeable musicians themselves. As I sit here writing this on the morning of the CD's release in the UK, there are debates raging on various forums about Dream Theater's latest album. Some are analysing the music like it's a crime scene, dusting through every bar looking for odd time signatures and evidence of earlier influences. Others are obsessing over the mixing and mastering. And yet another group is combing through the lyrics (particularly those by John Myung) looking for clues to the secret of life. I'm going to take a radical angle here and discuss the music itself, and how it affects me. I'm not saying those other issues don't matter. Clearly they do, or else so many people wouldn't write so passionately about them. But I'm not a gifted musician, I know nothing about the techniques of recording and mastering music, and if I want great words, I tend not to look to rock stars for them. Why I fell in love with Dream Theater back in 2001 was the exceptional musicianship and gorgeous textures of their music. So this is how I'll try to appraise this latest album.

Firstly, as we all know, Portnoy left in September 2010. What affect has this had? Well, immediately, only Labrie sings. There are no more growls and toe-curling death-metal rapping, for lack of a more apt description of that abomination that marred A Nightmare To Remember. And Labrie sings brilliantly. Nowhere on this record does he sneer or snarl or bark or shriek his way through passages, as he occasionally did on the previous 2 or 3 releases. He merely sings, and his voice has colour and charm and beauty and power.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unlooked-for magnificence 10 April 2012
By lizard
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DT came to my attention between Scenes from a Memory and Six Degrees. I found Scenes to be interesting but a touch corny. Six Degrees was a colossal step up. Track VII in the suite was quite simply the most dazzlingly proficient prog playing I had heard since ELP in their heyday, or Yes' Gates of Delerium (1974). I was blown away, and eagerly awaited the next outing. But when Train of Thought turned up I was almost totally disappointed. One-dimensionally, insistently and irredeemably heavy. I persisted with Octavarium, which showed some spark of adventure, but then followed the dire Systematic Chaos which, apart from fascinating artwork and the first ten minutes or so, I cannot abide.

When the next one came out, I didn't get the expensive editions I had in the past, but this was a definite step up, with three very good complex tracks that reward repeated listens - Nightmare , Fortress and Tuscany. But I was of the opinion that the miracle of Six Degrees was not going to see a rival.

But there has most certainly been A Dramatic Turn of Events.

What an amazing album this is.

Others have gone into considerable detail about the individual tracks: I will confine my comments to three.

Beneath the Surface, the ballad that closes the album, skates dangerously close to the thin ice of cheesiness, but manages to avoid falling through. James la Brie's rather breathy delivery does remind of some of the more embarrassing singers on the BBC Radio 2 of old; also his climb into a higher register doesn't work too well. But the orchestration is lovely, and the tone selected by Jordan Ruddess' tone during his keyboard solo is perfect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 6 Nov 2011
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It took a lot of plays, and seemed dull at first, but wow what a CD. In my opinion their best since Train Of Thought; just when I thought I'd lost faith.

What I like: Tighter structures, disciplined vocals (one of James' best performances), real feeling, interesting lyrics, less meandering, good electronica, Mike Mangini in seamlessly (phew).

What I don't like: Hardly anything bad to say about it. Still not as tight as, say, Awake, - but getting there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How do you improve upon this ? 12 Sep 2011
By dmo
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Listening to a this Dream Theater album is like walking through a landscape where you experience many kinds or weather. Each change gives you a different perspective on the landscape while you still revel in the fact you are alive and the songs make you smile and think. What more could you ask for? For the guys in the band - how do they improve upon this next time. To be equal to that task is what it takes and more to be in the band. I have listened to the album several times but only scratched the surface, there is plenty more to be mined from this album. At present the stand out tracks for me personally are "Build Me Up Break Me Down" and "Outcry." Enjoy the journey . . .
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Images - Words - Music! 13 Sep 2011
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I like Dream Theater - but not to the point of being obsessive. Yes, they have turned out some excellent albums and yes, they have turned out some less than excellent albums, particularly of late, therefore when this album was announced, I seriously questioned whether or not to pre-order or wait a few months until the hype had died down and we could see what we truly had. Well, on balance, I thought that DT could not produce another less than excellent album and with the departure of the towering figure of Mr Portnoy, I put my money down and awaited release date.
With the remnants of hurricane Katya still making it's presence felt across the land, my copy duly arrived and went straight to the player and...crisp, clear, beautiful music began to fill the room - Oh my, a return to form and with a vengeance! Petrucci playing delicate little interludes with power riffs loading over the top, LaBrie singing like he hasn't done since Images & Words, Myung playing his stylish, understated thumping bass, Mangini playing a more thoughtful, more delicate set of drums (than Portnoy ever played!) and Rudess filling in the gaps and pulling it all together - DT at their most definitely, creative best!
From the opening lines of On The Backs Of Angels to the final bars of Beneath The Surface, DT show that they are indeed masters of their craft and prove it throughout the 77 minutes running time - never, never a dull moment - and that's after 3 straight listenings! Doubtless, I am going to find much, much more as I explore this album over the coming weeks and months!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant !
No more words. A very new breath with the amazing drummer Mike Mangini, a really great achievement for the band.
Published 14 days ago by Madalin
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow...
First bought the latest, self titled, album on a whim !....what a buy !...then bought this off the back of that purchase... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cliff Mullett
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Dream !!!!!!!
Magnificent quality of an envelope and plate! ! ! ! Well and certainly an album simply bomb! ! ! ! ! Read more
Published 5 months ago by arlou siarhei
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Much better than the previous album. Awesome instrumentals. It's Dream Theater doing what they do best, playing that most bands can't.usic
Published 6 months ago by Jenick
4.0 out of 5 stars New Convert
I was a massive Queensryche fan back in the day - someone suggested I should check out Dream Theater. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Fiddlesticks
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic dream theater album.
I liked this album the first time I listened to it, unlike the last two, which took me three or four listens. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Martin Rix
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dramatic Turn Of Events
Love Dream Theatre and they never fail to impress. Excellent musicianship which only inspires fellow musos. Not suitable for the dance fraternity.
Published 15 months ago by Guitarr
3.0 out of 5 stars Not their best
While I don't think this is amongst their best work it's still worth a listen - especially if you are a fan.
Published 16 months ago by mor
3.0 out of 5 stars New drummer same old sound
The one thing about Dream Theater is you know what your gonna get, they play amazingly fast and they play amazingly well but they don't really like songs that isn't really their... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Cubby Kovu
3.0 out of 5 stars A Dramatic Turn Of Events
Being a long term listener of Dream Theater (since 1993) I did not really know what to expect from their latest album. Read more
Published on 1 April 2012 by steveq
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