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A Theatre of Dreams in a Dream Theatre!,
This review is from: Score: 20th Anniversary World Tour - Live With the Octavarium Orchestra [3CD Set] (Audio CD)
With the exception of 'Scenes from a memory', I am someone currently not privy to the colective accumulation on 'Dream Theatre' works! But this would seem a good place to start if you are new to Dream Theatre! With my limited knowledge out of the two I'd definately recommend you start here!
I was new to Dream theatre and still am. Remarkable they are! The sheer complexity of musical arrangements on this album is something else! Production is clear and you get occasional glimpses of the crowd! A perfect balance!
On a slight downer, the album does have it's moments of lacklustre, but I'm sure these are just a breather for the suspense of the coming battle. In my brief aquaintance I have found Dream Theatre occasionaly delve into a Pink Floyd esque style of very lazy slow music with gospel style backing singing! Not surprising given that they are an influence though!
That minor bitching aside, these musicians are top class and will stun you with their playing! And, it is live with an Orchestra! Chellos and violins etc! What more could you possibly ask for! Definately worth it's weight in gold.
Personally I do wonder what this album would sound like without the vocalist (harnessing a style reminiscent of 'Bruce Dickinson' from Iron Maiden, which is not an altogether bad thing!), but that would probably not be 'Dream Theatre', but one can still wonder!
If you like 'hard rock' 'metal' and 'thrash' and such! there are loads of excellent power episode moments on here! Oh my goodness! John Petrucci the guitarist is something special!, and the rest are really very good too.
The musical event that is 'Score' displays such complex musicianship! It deserves five stars by miles!. 'Totally amazing requiring excessive listenings' would be a good summary!
And, it goes on forever! One track on disc 2 is 41.22 minutes long!, on disc three there is a track lasting 26.38 minutes!