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DREAM THEATER

Dream Theater

 

Progressive Metal

3.45 | 461 ratings

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King Manuel
4 stars When Dream and Day Rush into Infinity

And once more a new Dream Theater album hits the shelves and I find myself thinking: 'Do I really need another DT album?' I am a fan since 1989; that year I got totally blown away by 'When Dream and Day Unite' and since then I have been a loyal fan and customer, purchasing every album and attending a number of concerts. Their debut is still today for me their masterpiece, one of my desert island albums and although I enjoyed most of their releases, they all left me a little disappointed for not being as great as WDAU. Now many albums down the line I thought, I actually don't need the newest one. But then I heard the album as a stream and as the last notes rang out, I clicked on purchase.

I can't really say what it is, but this album touched me more than most of their last number of releases. I just love it! Maybe it is because for the first time I really enjoy James LaBrie's vocals? With my unconditional love for their first album Charlie Dominici was for me always the better singer. Maybe it is the warmer and melodic atmosphere of this album? Maybe the brilliantly beautiful guitar solos give it that special touch? Maybe it helps that you can actually hear John Myung's Bass like in the good old WDAU days? Maybe it's the little parts that sound a bit like WDADU and Falling into Infinity? Maybe it is the Rush quotes?

I have to admit this album is not in any way revolutionary nor does it feature outstanding compositions but the little details and gems to be found on the this album just add up to something bigger than its parts. I am tempted to give five stars, but I subtract half a star for not reaching its full potential on the compositional side.

King Manuel | 4/5 |

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