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A CHANGE OF SEASONS

Dream Theater

 

Progressive Metal

3.64 | 521 ratings

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Prog Leviathan
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2 stars A moody epic centerpiece along with a set of live cover songs make "A Change of Seasons" a very mixed bag.

The title track is the band's first attempt at something grandiose, and largely succeeds; however, while there are certainly some excellent instrumental passages and poignant vocals, the movements themselves sometimes sound spliced together making the transitions abrupt and hastily written. The band is still very much experimenting with what will become familiar territory for them, and it sounds like it. Fortunately, the good sections outnumber the bad, and "A Change of Seasons" (the song) delivers a powerful series of moods and themes, albiet while struggling to find its direction occasionally.

As for the covers, they are strictly for the fans, and a poor example of Dream Theater's playing. Fun for an occasional listen.

As a whole, the album should be purchased only by those hooked by the band's more solid and conventional recordings.

Songwriting: 3 Instrumental Performances: 3 Lyrics/Vocals: 2 Style/Emotion/Replay: 2

Prog Leviathan | 2/5 |

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