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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 (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,014 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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DREAM THEATER A Dramatic Turn Of Events CD

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79 of 89 people found the following review helpful
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars New drummer same old sound 15 Nov 2012
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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 thing they seem to mostly focus on showing off.

However I find that to be ok because it is fun to listen to people who I could only ever dream of being able to play like. The songs are pretty good and you know your going to get loads of widdly widdly guitar and keyboard mixed with complex drums and bass lines that are just phenomenal. However, other than some a few funky sounds on the keyboard there is nothing really new hear on the album. The same formula is used as with the past three albums at least. lots of heavy riffs and then some intricate widdling. Labrie uses a few affects on his voice in a few places and his performance is a highlight as he no longer is doing the high pitched yaaah of yesteryear and is going for a more gruff style. The songs are good but I just wish they would try some acoustic guitar or a different bass sound or maybe have a really bass driven song, or add some really different keyboard sounds, try a new way of playing in at least one song and maybe focus on the music a bit more instead of just trying to be the most technical band on the planet, because honestly guys heard it before it doesn't impress anymore. That said it is still a good album. Breaking All Illusions, is a good example of the sorts of things they should try. Simpler guitar playing with some orchestral keyboard and then some programmed drums and funky guitar effects, that is in the right direction but we just need more guys and change the guitar tone for a while.

All in all good but not great the next album needs to be great for the band to stay on top of the throne
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unlooked-for magnificence 10 April 2012
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great cd would recommend to anyone
Published 16 days ago by rebecca.l.greenwood
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Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this
Delivered on time. Good quality. Love the music. Will properly order more. Will recommend this to other friends. Till next time.
Published 4 months ago by Pascal Fornier
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 4 months 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 6 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 10 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 11 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 17 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 18 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 19 months ago by Guitarr
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