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Dream Theater - Tenement Funster/Flick Of The Wrist/Lily Of The Valley CD (album) cover

TENEMENT FUNSTER/FLICK OF THE WRIST/LILY OF THE VALLEY

Dream Theater

 

Progressive Metal

3.36 | 65 ratings

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Alitare
3 stars Dream Theater plays Queen.

And of course they add shred solos and "their" brand of progressive metal. But, I don't find this track any better than their take on Stargazer, overall. They don't do much to spice things up, they just try to "metal" it up a bit. This is fine and dandy, but it is highly uncreative.

I do like this song, but I won't say it is brilliant. It is just Dream Theater making Queen sound heavier. the soloing is alright, and they stay rather close to the original music. IT gets pretty menacing halfway through, and they make the arrangement somewhat complex. Still, they aren't the masters of vocal harmony like Queen could be. This sounds like a fun song, and Dream Theater certainly do a competent job. Nothing fails to impress, but these covers in general don't really strike me as welcome or necessary. I know they have a wide history of covering other people's work, but I just wished they put more work into making things more unpredictably interesting. Labrie is the surprise spotlight, here, though. He really channels Mercury's singing capabilities for a truly inspired performance.

Nothing to complain about, though. For a cover, it is of high quality, and the instrumentation is diverse. Worth listening, and that thick sludgy section is grand. Not an essential listen by any means, though.

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Alitare | 3/5 |

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