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Liquid Tension Experiment


Progressive Metal

3.81 | 393 ratings

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3 stars The definition of musical wankery.

Having said that, it's not a bad album by any means, particularly if you are a musician or fan of Dream Theater (though preferably both). As a guitar player, I was of course initially impressed by Petrucci's guitar work. But Rudess is also excellent and Portnoy is, well, Portnoy. Levin is obviously excellent, though as usual with DT, it's hard to tell what he is playing much of the time (a damn shame too, being he is such an outstanding stick and bass player). On repeat listening however, this album becomes tiresome. I can only take so much showing off before I get bored. And while the 28 minute improvisation "Three Minute Warning" seems promising in concept, it really only displays how poor Petrucci is at improvisation. Whenever the others seem to be getting into an interesting groove, Petrucci comes along and ruins it with his aimless noodling. He is a great guitar player, but it is obvious to me he really has no concept of improvisation. That is okay, since what he does with DT and on other tracks here he does quite well. But he shouldn't improvise.

All in all, worth hearing if you like prog metal, DT, or virtuostic displays of musical skill. If you are looking for emotion and music you want to hear again and again, look elsewhere.

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