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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.

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  • Audio CD (10 Nov. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ATLANTIC
  • ASIN: B0000CDLA7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,000 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
  1. As I Am 7:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. This Dying Soul11:27Album Only
  3. Endless Sacrifice11:24Album Only
  4. Honor Thy Father10:14Album Only
  5. Vacant 2:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Stream Of Consciousness [Instrumental]11:16Album Only
  7. In The Name Of God14:14Album Only

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With commendable dedication to duty, very little has changed in the peripheral progressive-metal world of Long Island's Dream Theater, but times surely have. Thus, while Train of Thought, the band's eighth studio album since debuting with 1989's When Dream and Day Unite can hardly be categorised as a stylistic derailment from the combo's grandiose gameplan, it is a record likely to be greeted with rather more of a cordial reception in these muso-friendly times. Afterall, while progressive rock is never going to be as fashionable again as it was in the good old days of Tarkus and Uncle Rick Wakeman, the classical rock bombast of Muse and the hysterical heavy-metal immodesty of the Darkness has thrown a commercial lifebelt to prog rock's more twiddly practioners. To this end, it's hard not to be seduced by the 11 minutes of "This Dying Soul", which at times comes across as a rap-metal version of Richie Blackmore's Rainbow with a piano solo in the middle, or the similarly lengthy and wholly instrumental "Stream of Consciousness" (perhaps a posh way of saying "jam session"), a sonic joust between John Petrucci's screeching fretwork and Jordan Rudess's antique synths. Wholly American in its self-awareness--lyrics about religious fundamentalism and getting along with the family just wouldn't sound right coming from a band domiciled in Weston-super-Mare--Train of Thought might just find a whole new wave of music fans waking up to the existence of "Dream Theater. --Kevin Maidment

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 Nov. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Train Of Though is the 8th studio album from the masters of progressive metal/rock - Dream Theater. After many listens to the album, all I can say is I am amazed. Train Of Though is a superbley constructed musical haven for anyone who likes the heavier side of Dream Theater. You really should just stop reading now, and go out and buy this album. For those that want to know more, however, I'll continue. This album has something in common with every other Dream Theater album, in the fact that, ironically, every album sounds completely different. Train Of Though is the agressive and heavier side of Dream Theater, where the songs (apart from Vacant) are very similar to The Glass Prison from 6 Degrees Of Inner Turbulance, then anything off Images And Words. I cannot stress how very heavy this album is. John Petrucci and John Myung seem to be the highest people in the mix and it really shows. On a scale of heaviness, if you considered Awake 2 out of 10, then Train Of Thought would be 14. Despite how incredibly heavy it is, Train Of Thought is very easy to listen to, and you could go on for hours just repeating the CD and not caring one bit.
One thing that is very apparent with the album is the amount of other bands that Dream Theater have been influenced by when recording it. Equally obvious to the influences of Pink Floyd, Genesis, and Rush in Images And Words, bands such as Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and to a certain extent; Linkin Park (¬_¬) and Mudvayne. The clever thing, DT has taken all these influences, mixed them up, progged them up, and come out with something that is completely unique. I'll just give a quick rundown of the songs:
As I Am - The opening song (and also the single) sounds a lot like a cross between Alice In Chains and Metallica.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. Crowson on 11 Nov. 2003
Format: Audio CD
So, how does a band try to follow up up its last two highly acclaimed concept albums? The answer quite rightly is they haven't even tried! Improving on the last two albums would be a near impossible task, so the concept album formula has been dropped in favour of a more conventional approach to the progressive metal genre.
So what of the new album? Seven songs and a running time of 70 mins proves we're still in the the progressive metal territory here that DT practically invented. What is surprising here is the lack of musical subtlety - the band have gone straight for the jugular with a barrage of heavy and intense riffs which lack a little cohesiveness. Make no mistake about it, we have their darkest and most brutal offering to date.
Essentially the album offers all the DT trademarks we have come to expect, but i suspect it may lead to criticism for some fans for being overly heavy and lacking in finesse and melody compared to their recent releases.
I've been a huge fan of DT since 'Images' but i've always preferred their 'colder' songs like Scarred, The Mirror, and The Glass Prison so from my point of view i'm very impressed with with this release, but how fans of the last two albums will view this remains to be seen....
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The Conman on 21 Oct. 2007
Format: Audio CD
First of all, I'd like to urge potential buyers to ignore the low scores given to this album by some reviewers. This truly is a great album. The one and two-star reviewers seem to give the album those scores just for the sake of it. One person even said that this was the worst album ever, without even giving a reason why. They complain that it just a simple metal album and a total abandonment of Dt's sound. Sure, this is their heaviest album, but the key dream theater sound still mostly remains.
On Train of Thought, Dream Theater decided to make a turn for a darker, heavier but very ambitious sound. John Petrucci's guitar has become the most dominant instrument, providing the perfect musical background for darker lyrics. If it's a showcase for any one member of the band, it is John Petrucci. His amazing, technical solos and heavy riffs have never been better. Some may prefer the lighter sound of previous albums, closer examination will reveal this album to be one of the band's most mature, powerful and just enjoyable albums to date. Lyrically, it is arguably their best. While the lyrics have been more poetic before, these lyrics are truly deep and meaningful. The album is still pretty diverse as before. There is Vacant, a soothing and peaceful song which uses cello. Also, the first half of Endless Sacrifice is a ballad as beautiful as anything they've ever done. Now, an overview of the songs.

As I Am: The opener is actually one of the biggest departures here. It is a pretty straightforward metal song, influences by metallica. Still, it's a superb song. After a slow build, it launches into some great riffs. James LaBrie is on top form here and Portnoy's drumming is superb as always. It has a great chorus and a killer shred solo by Petrucci.
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I've loved Dream Theater for a long time. I'm only 18 but over the past few years I've listened to them non-stop.

This is actually the latest album I bought by DT, I already owned the rest of them and needed to finish the collection. In short.......it's ridiculously good and makes you want to stop playing guitar/drums/bass/singing/keyboard. You get the point.

It's certainly a turn from their old roots of majestic lead breaks and ambient chord progressions. DT decided to throw in the towel on all that, and prove to people that they can create a heavy metal record that will make musicians around the world fear it. The opening track 'As I Am' does just that. From the awesome lead riff, to the melt-the-plectrum-in-you-hand solo by Petrucci, this song is definitely the stand-out track for me. Of course it doesn't stop there. Tracks such as 'Honor Thy Father' (which has the most impressive drum intro I've heard in a long time) really makes you wonder how they can create an album that is so different from their previous works. The epic album-closer, 'In The Name Of God' boasting a length of 14 minutes features a jaw-droppingly good dual guitar/keyboard solo at the end and is the perfect end to an immense album that only took 3 weeks to make (if you dont believe me, search 'Dream Theater - Train Of Thought' on Youtube and watch the 3 episodes of 'Making The Album'. Even they couldn't believe it took so little time.

Over all, this album is a must for anyone who can appreciate good music, and look beyond mere verse, chorus, verse, chorus, solo, verse. These guys are at the top of their game, and their musical expertise is found in every bar of every song. What a band!
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