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6DoIT is certainly going to be on my list of albums of the year. Musically the band have reached a new height - none of this bland recycling some groups exist by, or as in the case of some progressive rock/metal bands just blatantly ripping off other peoples ideas. Instead Dream Theater have given us an album that is just outstanding. Where are the weak points? Simple - there aren't any. This is more than just an album after Scenes From A Memory, it is new, fresh and just superb.
Never a band to shy away from issues that they feel they need to talk about, songs like the Great Debate deal with contemporary topics. They even go so far as to use a sample of George W Bush here.
Then the 42 minute title track. This is so good it seems to pass you by in a matter of seconds. Sheer genius.
My recommendation of the year so far. If anyone can produce something better than this I will be very surprised.
5 out of 5, because I can't give it any more.
The album opens with The Glass Prison, following a subtle intro, it slowly builds in to what is proably the heaviest track on the album.
Blind Faith, again starts quite quietly, and builds more slowly towards a typical Dream Theater instrumental section.
Misunderstood has a quiet, brooding start but really kicks in about a third of the way through.
The Great Debate starts with sampled voices remeniscent of Awake, and builds into a fairly heavy mid-section.
Disappear is a quiet, haunting song which brings the first disc to a disturbing close.
The high point of the album must however be the 45 minute title track which takes up the entire second disk. In typical Dream Theater style it begins with Overture offering glipses of what is to follow before plunging in to the melodic About To Crash. War Inside My Head takes the narrative in to heavier, darker territory, and The Test That Stumped Them All is a dark, frenzied piece. Goodnight Kiss takes things much quieter building in to a Marillion-like guitar solo. Solitary Shell is probaly the most commercial track on the album with a chorus hook witch lodges itself in your yead and refuses to budge. About To Crash (reprise) re-visits earlier territory, before the rousing closer of Losing Time - Grand Finale.
Overall the blend of styles that one would expect from Dream Theater - and in typical Dream Theater style, if you don't like a particular track, just wait a minute!