3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Close but still no cigar,
By A Customer
This review is from: Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence (Audio CD)
To begin with, I must admit that I am not actually a DT fan, although I have followed their career and progress with a keen ear since I first heard the then new "Images and Words" album back in the early 90's. I have always had the feeling that this is a group of great potential and surely they have shown a lot of promise over the years, but somehow they haven't been able to come up with an album that would have really knocked me out.
I guess there's still some waiting for me to do, because "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence" just is not the great Dream Theater CD I have been expecting. (It'll come one day, I'm sure of that!)
However, the 42-minute title track (ie. the entire disc 2 of the set) is very much what I would like to hear from DT and it probably is the best extended piece of music I have heard from the group so far. Sadly, the rest of the album is not nearly as good as this magnum opus. If one wishes to employ the much used "progressive metal" tag here, DT has chosen to take apart these two distinct musical strains and put "metal" on disc 1 and "progressive" on disc 2, which results in the first disc being far too heavy to my tastes (and possibly the CD2 being too close to traditional progressive rock for some listeners). I almost gave up listening before I reached the second disc of the set, which - frankly - after the hard-hitting metallic assault of the CD 1 is like putting on a recording of another band altogether.
I'd say it's 3 stars for CD1 and 5 for the title track, thus 4 stars to the whole package.