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Dream Theater


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Conor Fynes
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1 stars 'Caught In A Web' - Dream Theater (Single)

While I was never a big fan of the 'Awake' record, I have to say; this was one of my least favourite tracks from that album. While Dream Theater made it clear they wanted 'Awake' to be a very heavy piece of work, the overbearing heaviness really does not work for this track. Despite having a memorable chorus and sound structure, an unfitting abrasiveness about it and a subpar vocal performance from James LaBrie makes this a Dream Theater song that as a fan; I prefer to overlook.

While Dream Theater has never been a band to conform to anyone's expectations, I certainly liked the sonic palette they used on both prior and future releases. Instead of relying on beautifully technical guitar work to push the song along, power chords are the norm here, backed up by some keyboards to give extra depth to the sound. In any case, the obviously 'dark' nature of the song does not fit well with a lighter-sounding synth section, which puts me off from much sense of atmosphere.

While James LaBrie ranks as being one of my favourite vocalists and a singer with a whole lot of potential, he is not always consistent in the quality of his performance. This is evident here with 'Caught In A Web;' while he often makes the high notes really ring beautifully, he sounds like he is trying too hard to be 'heavy' to go with the overall nature of the track.

While 'Awake' would be blessed with some phenomenal tracks and some people might find this song more enjoyable than I, it does not fit my tastes at all. To date, 'Caught In A Web' ranks as being one of my least enjoyed songs that Dream Theater has produced; certainly not a great choice of single to introduce new potential fans to.

Conor Fynes | 1/5 |


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