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  • Vinyl (6 July 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Roadrunner
  • ASIN: B0029VDPRI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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Format: Audio CD
The best thing about a new Dream Theater album is that it is so varied. Both Lyrically and musically, there are passages of music that could be completely different to the next part, within the same song. After the previous albums often fanatasy lyrics and themes, the new album feels more personal which is refreshing. Reading the lyrics, the all the songs are based upon real events in the members of the band's life, except for Rite of Passage, which is about stonemasons. My current standout, after a couple of listens through would be Best of Times. Written about Mike Portnoy's father, it is a majestic celebration of his life, rather than a depressed mourning. Wither also is another great song, an unusually short one from the band, but a great showing of the more subtle side of the band. Then there is the Count of Tuscany, which deserves no other word, but Epic. Octavarium, Change of Seasons, epic. Have to love them for it.
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Is this an amazing album? Yes, it is. It's technically amazing, it's song structures are mind blowing and the key changes, time signature changes are flawless. However its exactly what you expect from Dream Theater.

Jordan Ruddess hinted that the new album would be dark and gothic, and that is audible in the first few minutes of the album, however the cheesy beginning of the opening track "A Nightmare to Remember" is almost as bad as its name. A crash of thunder followed by what can only be described as a Hammer Horror soundtrack homage.

The album is a visible departure from earlier albums such as Images and Words with definitve key changes, and time signature, clever breaks and solos. Instead it feels more watered down, like Petrucci and Ruddess are soloing for the hell of it, the time signature changes are barely noticable over the thrash of the guitars, and any key changes go right over your head.

Its a Dream Theater album, but if you are a hardcore fan you might be disappointed. It feels more of a rehash of Train of Thought, where they found success with heavier songs and it feels like they are clinging on to that success in this album and need to move on and find a new sound.

The Shattered Fortress was the one track I was looking forward to in this album, but even that disappointed me by being a song made up entirely of old riffs. It just doesn't gel for me.

All in all a lot of Black Clouds, not many Silver Linings.
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While the songs as a whole are Good on this album If compared the predecessors it is starting to wear a bit thin things are getting predictable, you just know what is going to happen in the music, you can almost guess when a guitar widdly is coming of a keyboard run is going to happen, This is not totally a bad thing at least it means you know your going to like it and if you have not got other DT albums you will be excited, The Music is pretty good Lots of fantastic bassing and drumming and intricate guitar and keyboard work and that lovely voice still. However I think they could have chosen to go with a different approach for a song or two this problem is not just with DT it is common with a lot of 'Prog' bands at the moment they seem to have bogged down in to a comfortable commercial sound that is selling well. While this is not a bad thing in some ways it does mean it get a bit stale with the same overall timbre in every album.

That said tis a quality album with excellent long tracks like Count of Tuscany which makes the album worth buying just for that song.
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This album is a real grower, like many DT albums, esp. the latter ones. Honestly, even as a die-hard DT fan from the beginnings, I did nit get into this album much when it came out and only recently re-discovered it. Now it is playing in a loop. I think it features one of John Petrucci's most amazing guitar solos in "best of times", the heart-wrenching song they wrote to honour Mike Portnoy's father's death. In any case the whole album is amazing and I rank it among my fave DT stuff. Must have by any standard.
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I can't find much wrong with this latest offering from DT. Systematic Chaos went a little flat and boring in this middle of the album, not so with Black clouds and silver linings. It contains two radio friendly tracks "A right of passage" and "wither". "The best of times" is a very good track. I really like this album much more than SC. I don't know what some fans out there want from DT, this gets very progy in places, so if you don't like DT like this, then this isn't for you. I think some fans get a little too critical, and don't know what they want from these guys, give this album a few listens and then review it.
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An amazing album. I'd never heard this band befor although knew of them because of John Petrucci (I'm a guitarist)
I found Images and Words and after listening to it religiously, was hooked. But how could anything be better? Well give this a try, some of the songs are listed at well over 10 minutes but from the monent they start, get you absorbed with clever hooks and oustanding musicianship that keep you waiting eagerly for the next verse/bridge/chorus and instrmental section. Just amazing....oops used that already, but there really isn't a better word to descibe it/them. You HAVE to hear this.
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