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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!, 3 Feb. 2008
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Oh my word. I've been a great fan of DT for years but have just never quite got round to getting this cd. I've always been put off by the luke warm comments from some and had assumed it to be a weak album. It is not at all. Since I bought it is has rarely been off my player. OK each track out of 10:

New Millenium - at first this doesn't really seem to do that much but after a few listens I'm impressed. A real grower. The circular chorus is very unDTlike but it works well and builds to a wonderfully heavy climax. A good start. 9
You Not Me - many people don't seem to like this as they feel it is somehow a pop sell-out. I don't get that, great music is great music and this is great! Listen once and you think it is interesting. Listen twice and you are hooked. You'll be humming it while buttering your toast in the morning. Simply immense. 10
Peruvian Skies - a DT classic. Brilliant! 10
Hollow Years - a wonderful ballad with a superb chorus and lyrics handled brilliantly by LaBrie. I love everything about this track. 10
Burning My Soul - great track, thumps along solidly. 9
Hells Kitchen - the link from the previous track to this one is perfect. I challenge anybody to criticise this track. It is simply superb. A lovely slow build into a guitar passage that'll curl the hairs on the back of your neck. 10
Lines in the Sand - another great link up and, oh my, this is great. Superb. The second longest track and it works just beautifully. Perhaps the standout track on the album. Belongs on any DT top 10 list. 10
Take Away My Pain - a touching and sincere song written by Petrucci, very personal. Beautifully constructed and played. 10
Just Let Me Breathe - would not be out of place on Awake, a much heavier and dense piece. The playing here is fast, angry and aggressive with great bass lines and the interplay between the band members is amazing, especially Petrucci and Sherinian. 9
Anna Lee - another wonderful ballad, superb vocals from LaBrie, superb piano from Sherinian and another achingly good guitar passage from Petrucci, full of emotion. 9
Trial of Tears - another long track split into 3 in classic DT style. Starts very Floydish with a great sense of space and time and soon establishes an intoxicating rhythm from Portnoy and Myung overlaid by a great guitar motif. The middle section is just a pure joy. Petrucci starting slow and then letting rip a 5 minute solo that is just brilliantly played, absolute genius! LaBrie comes back at the end to wrap it up in great style. 10

All in all a fabulous effort which is unfairly criticised. Perhaps not as metal/heavy as some DT fans would like and more melodic/emotional but none the worse for that and very approachable for those coming new to the band. I can see that when it was released fans of the previous album, Awake, and of the EP, A Change of Seasons, may have found it hard to understand and perhaps this is the source of the criticism. Indeed, DT themselves must have had a daunting task, following the wonderful Images & Words and Awake. But looking back on it, top drawer song writing and the band seem to be firing on all cylinders. Excellent musicianship throughout. Sherinian on keyboards brings a new approach for them and is excellent. LaBrie `s vocals are among his best ever. And Petrucci in particular is in sparkling form with some of his most expressive guitar work. Definitely a 5 star album. Buy this and stick it on loud and enjoy it!
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