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Dream Theater


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3.66 | 1996 ratings

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4 stars It's a little late to do the review of Octavarium but I'm in a "cathing up" action so that's why. It's Octavarium time and this is really an interesting one to do the review of. And that's because the opinions about this album are so extremely versatile.

So what is my opinion ? I understand the disagreement because the distinction and the contrast between the best and the least song is really huge on this album. It almost goes without saying (at least to me) that the title track is a true masterpiece. But although that track is very long it's not the whole album. The other songs are at least debatable. But I disagree to call all the other songs poor efforts, this is exaggerated ! To me Sacrificed sons is a terrific track and also Panic attack is a very good song. The first part of the album + Never enough is indeed less but even those are not really bad, just less.

I always wonder why people give albums by DT 1 star. Are they DT-haters or are they so much disappointed compared with their expectations that out of frustration they give one star ? Because I think DT is done a lot of injustice by that. Their music is of such high quality and they are such great musicians (I witnessed them 7 (!) times live and they never had one poor performance) that they never deserve 1 star, 2 is already very low. That's not just a matter of taste, it's a matter of facts. Of course it's possible DT is not one's cup of tea but then at least have the decency to give 2 stars because of the craftmanship that is really there ! I'll leave it at this because this is actually a discussion for the forum but this really effects DT averages of ratings and I see it happen particularly with albums by THIS band. It's unfair !

So even while I think this isn't their best ever their basic level is at least 3 stars, I add one for Octavarium (track) and two nice others and end up with 4 stars.

progrules | 4/5 |


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