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More of the same... again and again
on 5 July 2007
Okay..outstanding musicianship heady arrangments but not a memorable moment in the whole album. Dream Theater have done all this before and possibly better e.g Images and Words. For their fans this will be another addition to a catalogue brimming with epics, extended solos and heartfelt vocals but no real variety. Maybe age is catching up with me but even Rush are becoming homogenous and although their latest offering is uniformly good that is just it...uniformity!! Variety and an ambition to try to explore different musical landscapes simply do not appear to be on the agenda which is seemingly inspired by playing to the fans expectations. Why not test them and yourselves and create new textures guys, the ability is obviously there!! How about some orchestration or develop a 'groove' here and there...just to enliven the musical experience! I admit to not being a huge fan but at least Led Zep could never be accused of being musically predictable.
I expect there will be a backlash to my comments and of course the beauty of music is that all opinions are valid...at least to that individual, but i'm afraid this opus will soon be gathering dust on my shelves.