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Dream Theater


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5 stars What words come to mind when I think of Score?

First of all, what a difference from Live at Budokan! I can tolerate James LaBrie's voice here!

Second of all, why are people complaining about the setlist? The songs from Octavarium are (almost) all of the best and I'm perfectly fine with all the rest (I should be a poet). The Root of All Evil was done flawlessly and I Walk Beside You was, well, I Walk Beside You. Going back in time, Another Won is an excellent song, though not truly what you tend to expect from Dream Theater (I guess it's just as important that you see their progression). Afterlife follows in a similar vein, but successful makes the transition from prehistory to history. After LaBrie's little explanation for why these two unfamiliar track have been played, Petrucci and Rudess kick off a flawless rendition of my favorite Dream Theater song ever and follow with Innocence Faded, a perfectly fine representative from the world of Awake. From what I hear, a lot of people don't like the songs from Falling Into Infinity, so I have no idea why they wouldn't prefer the excellent Raise the Knife any day (plus, I think they really wanted to make their thoughts about Kevin Moore more clear). The Spirit Carries On is done fairly well, but I think the mid-show highlight is easily Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, played in it's entireity, top to bottom, excellently. The orchestra definitely enhances the performances (and honestly, who doesn't like gimmicks every so often?). I don't always listen to the next half hour or so and usually skip straight to the original attraction; the incredible and epic Octavarium. Then, just when you think the show is over, they come back with one of their original hits, the excellent Metropolis. To anyone out there with the question in mind, the answer is yes, this IS the Dream Theater live album to get.

kickflipthecat | 5/5 |


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