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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 (23 Jun 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Japan/Zoom
  • ASIN: B001VOD5F6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,146,321 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pull Me Under
2. Another Day
3. Take the Time
4. Surrounded
5. Metropolis, Pt. 1: The Miracle and the Sleeper
6. Under a Glass Moon
7. Wait for Sleep
8. Learning to Live

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Paul on 29 Dec 2009
Format: Audio CD
From the first 2 minutes of Pull Me Under, you should be realising what an awesome musical journey you're in for. This album is one of Dream Theater many classics, and one of my all-time favourites.

This album is so many things. From mainstream metal in Pull Me Under, to a Pop-Rock Ballad, A piece of Prog-metal brilliance and a 70's prog rock that sounds awesome without sounding jaded. And that's just the first half. This is not just a prog album, nor is it just a metal album. Its diversity is what makes it so unique, so awesome. There's something for everyone on this album, so don't say, 'nah, it's prog, don't like it.' or 'it's metal, don't like it.' This album is especially brilliant because it is impossible to stereotype.

The best songs then: I could not believe when i found out the band was 'surprised' that Pull Me Under is their best known song. It has all the hallmarks of a mainstream song, just a bit longer. The chorus is a proper anthem, the verses are clever, the drums are pounding throughout this and the rest of the album... a great track. Surrounded is another excellent song, with an odd time feel in some parts, but it is still a great rock track. If you don't think you like prog, listen to this. Metropolis and Under A Glass Moon are both great metal tracks, the latter with one of the best guitar solos in rock history. Learning To Live is difficult to get into, but after you've listen to it 3 or 4 times, you realise just how awesome a song this is. It has everything you like in a prog, rock or metal track. Just believe me: It is awesome. Like the entire album. I may not have mentioned all the songs, but they are all as good as each other.

To finish, I will simply say this: Don't stereotype Dream Theater or this album. Get it, and you'll find out what all those die-hard fans are on about.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. C. Mead on 8 Mar 2005
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album after hearing only tiny bits of Dream Theater at school and on this site. I was a bit apprehensive given some of the negative reviews they've been given but i needn't have worried.
Thankfully, I found much to like in this album. From the eerie riff-laden opener "Pull Me Under" and the emotive ballad "Another Day" to the multi-dimensional extremity of "Metropolis..." and "Learning to Live", every song on this album reached out to me in a way no music has ever done previously.
And of course, we must not forget the superior musicianship that this band possesses. I cannot think of another band where all the members are this talented in their respective fields. That includes singer James LaBrie, whom a lot of people dismiss as being too camp and whiny, but I think he's very underrated.
I must warn you though, Dream Theater are most definitely not for everyone. I thought they were too over-the-top after the first listen but my opinions quickly changed. But it must be remembered that there is no middle ground with Dream Theater whatsoever; this album will either be the best or worst thing you have ever heard. If you like heavy music with a strong sense of melody, as in Iron Maiden, Rush and, at times, Metallica then you will probably lap this up. If, however, you buy this album expecting a straight down-the-middle heavy metal album then I suggest you reconsider.
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Released in 1992, 'Images And Words' is the second album by American progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater and the first to feature the talented James LaBrie as lead vocalist. With a running time of 57 minutes - there are 8 featured tracks of varying lengths - the punter certainly gets good value for money, in my opinion. This is a highly enjoyable experience with the highlights including the wonderful 'Metropolis - Part 1' (9:30) which has a glorious instrumental middle section and 'Under A Glass Moon' (7:03) featuring a stunningly good guitar solo from John Petrucci. The rest of the band are no slouches either - Mike Portnoy's thunderous drumming is a strong feature throughout and superior keyboards and bass are supplied by Kevin Moore and John Myung respectively. For me, there is enough variation and quirkiness on this album to keep me interested and there are plenty of quieter moments in amongst the heavy artillery to impress me. Well worth giving this a try, metal fans.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By T. KNOWLES on 25 Sep 2006
Format: Audio CD
Many of the previous reviews seem to have failed to pick up on the relevance of this album within the context of the 90's, and what a masterwork it truly is. In the UK, prog rock on any grand scale had been more or less dead for a long time, with only neo-prog, which could hardly stand up to the might of the 70's masters (floyd, yes), to easily satisfy though not particularly interested in indie/britpop.

Then Images and Words came out, and it is a masterpiece. In recalling the musical form and style of bands such as Yes and the Dixie Dregs, and combining it with a slightly harsher edge, the album is lively yet subtly beautiful, something that has rarely been achieved elsewhere in my eyes.

As for the musicianship, the Dream Theater boys really do seem like a collective that is second to none. The early 90's were the glory days for singer James LaBrie, who had only just replaced Dream Theater's last singer, who was far less suitable. His vocals soar on this album, and are dynamically stunning, showing great variation on Learning to Live in particular.

John Petrucci is a hero of mine - perhaps the finest guitarist of the last 20 years: Rooted in a mixture of flamenco and metal, his rhythm playing is tight, melodic and intricate (more on this album than any of their others, where he tends to just go over the top) -unlike many guitarists who overshadow their fellow bandmates, Petrucci knows how to accompany other musicians, and is a great example to all guitarists. The solo on Under a Glass Moon is perhaps the best I have ever heard - though Take the Time, as suggested by another reviewer, ain't half bad.

Which leads on to Kevin Moore.
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