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Dream Theater - Images and Words
Dream Theater - Images and Words
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DT's First Proper Effort. And Is It Good? You Bet., 29 Dec. 2009
From the first 2 minutes of Pull Me Under, you should be realising what an awesome musical journey you're in for. This album is one of Dream Theater many classics, and one of my all-time favourites.

This album is so many things. From mainstream metal in Pull Me Under, to a Pop-Rock Ballad, A piece of Prog-metal brilliance and a 70's prog rock that sounds awesome without sounding jaded. And that's just the first half. This is not just a prog album, nor is it just a metal album. Its diversity is what makes it so unique, so awesome. There's something for everyone on this album, so don't say, 'nah, it's prog, don't like it.' or 'it's metal, don't like it.' This album is especially brilliant because it is impossible to stereotype.

The best songs then: I could not believe when i found out the band was 'surprised' that Pull Me Under is their best known song. It has all the hallmarks of a mainstream song, just a bit longer. The chorus is a proper anthem, the verses are clever, the drums are pounding throughout this and the rest of the album... a great track. Surrounded is another excellent song, with an odd time feel in some parts, but it is still a great rock track. If you don't think you like prog, listen to this. Metropolis and Under A Glass Moon are both great metal tracks, the latter with one of the best guitar solos in rock history. Learning To Live is difficult to get into, but after you've listen to it 3 or 4 times, you realise just how awesome a song this is. It has everything you like in a prog, rock or metal track. Just believe me: It is awesome. Like the entire album. I may not have mentioned all the songs, but they are all as good as each other.

To finish, I will simply say this: Don't stereotype Dream Theater or this album. Get it, and you'll find out what all those die-hard fans are on about.

When Dream And Day Unite
When Dream And Day Unite
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked? Well, it's all too easy to do so., 29 Dec. 2009
Let's face it, this album is by far Dream Theater's worst recorded. As such, many of the parts are lost in a hazy mix of soaring keyboards, fluctuating guitars and little or no bass. Personally, I think that many overlook this album because of the lack of Labrie. Charlie Dominici is simply not of the same calibre as the current man. Therefore, this album just doesn't sound quite...right.

Firstly, there are some songs which are pure class. A Fortune In Lies, Ytse Jam, The Killing Hand and Afterlife are like some of Dream Theater's more well known songs; they are excellent, which means 50% of the album is excellent. However, it's from there where things start to go downhill. Status Seeker was meant to be the band's first ever shot at mainstream hit. So what do they do? Give it one of the most complicated intros on the album, which at its simplest is in a 5/4, 6/4 time. Oh dear. Light Fuse and Getaway is very forgettable, as is The Ones Who Help To Set The Sun, which has a simply weird keyboard intro. Only A Matter Time is...meh. Essentially good, but repetitive and does get lost at some points.

In a nutshell, if you're a diehard fan, you'll want this album, as it does have some great songs on it. It is a better album than most, but if you're new to DT, look elsewhere.

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