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Dream Theater


Progressive Metal

4.16 | 2212 ratings

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3 stars I'm going to be one of those who goes against the grain here. I don't like this album very much.

For me, it feels a little dull. Perhaps it's James' effort on this. He was experiencing voice issues around this time and thus wasn't up to his effort on "Images and Words". The riffs and melodies also seem a little ... Tired? Weird? when comparing to Images and Words also. The best pieces on the whole are not as good as what was on their second effort and there are a couple of lowpoints as well.

Whatever it was it is unfortunate that considering this album contains my favourite Dream Theater song to date on it in "Space Dye Vest", I cannot give the album more than 3 stars.

The songs to look out for are Innocence Faded, Voices, The Silent Man, Lifting Shadows and Space-Dye Vest. The other songs just fall flat a little. Even Erotomania, the instrumental of the album, leaves me feeling indifferent.

Good album, just not to the peak that others would put it.

RainingStigmata | 3/5 |


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