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CLEANING OUT THE CLOSET

Dream Theater

 

Progressive Metal

3.02 | 48 ratings

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Starhammer
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3 stars Glistening cobwebs...

This was released as a fan club CD in 1999 and features demos and B-sides which didn't make it onto Images and Words, Awake and Falling into Infinity.

The Good: So this is a compilation of bonus tracks that weren't deemed suitable for their corresponding studio releases. Ergo they won't be very good. Wrong. Don't Look Past Me, Raise the Knife, and To Live Forever are all brilliant compositions. Even the poppy Where Are You Now? and the U2-esque The Way it Used to Be have some great moments and are in my opinion stronger than a lot of the tracks found on their later releases. The album also acts as a reminder that James LaBrie used to be able to sing.

The Bad: Tracks 4, 8 and 9 aren't all that great.

The Verdict: Highly recommended to fans of early Dream Theater's early work, and there's also enough quality to appeal to a wider audience.

Starhammer | 3/5 |

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