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LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT 2

Liquid Tension Experiment

 

Progressive Metal

4.09 | 558 ratings

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3 stars See my review for their other album.

About the only thing I can add here is that this album seems more cohesive and the songs seem like better compositions. I listened to this one more than the first one (though I don't pull out either any more). The improvs work better I think, mainly because Petrucci wasn't there when they played them. He wrote a part for one of them and improvised another after the fact. I think this works better when he hears it first and has something to go on. As I said before he seems to not really have any improvisational skill on the evidence of the long improv from the first album. But don't get me wrong, he is an outstanding guitar player with far more skill and advanced technique than I will ever have (but I have different priorities in music than he does, I think).

In any case, I would say this is slightly better than the last one and has the best, most impressive track LTE ever did on it, When The Water Breaks. So 3 stars for the archives, but really more like 3.5 with the same caveats as before: if you like prog metal, Dream Theater, or virtuostic displays of musicianship, you will probably enjoy this. Otherwise, give it a pass.

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