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A Very Strong Offering,
This review is from: Dream Theater (Audio CD)
I believe this to be Dream Theater's best release since Systematic Chaos, one of my favourites. It seems to me that on this CD they weren't afraid to return to some old style prog a la Images & Words (eg. False Awakening Suite, Looking Glass) and that plays in it's favour. There's the obligatory heavy track, Enemy Inside, which I must admit I didn't like at first but now actually enjoy as much as many of the tracks on Train of Thought. I suppose that's one of the things against this album, it's not instantly gratifying- you need to let it grow on you, but then that shouldn't be a new process for any DT fan worth his salt. This is prog and inevitably involves an element of analysis, but not to the point of being unemotional- many of the tracks have strong vocal melodies (I&W shining through again) that make you smile to yourself or clench your fist as you sing to the ceiling. Plenty of sweet instrumental parts that show a little bit more depth than those on the last album and actually more bass than I remember on most DT records to date. The instrumental elements seem to be shifting back to hard rock rather than straight out metal, which is good and allows for some nice hammond/synths. Illumination Theory isn't quite as good as I was hoping but is still epic enough to fit the bill.
Damn good album! probably the closest to their older stuff out of anything since SFAM but with the modern production levels etc. I love it.
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Initial post: 16 Oct 2013 10:37:10 BDT
Disagree totally. I own every DT album both live and studio, except this. Because it's DT I am still persevering through youtube but the magic's gone, James in particular sounds stale, Mike Portnoy's creativity and ideas aren't there even though Mangini is a great drummer. MP was always so much more than just a drummer, which is why his absence is so crucial. I really expected and wanted to love it. shame.
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