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AWAKE

Dream Theater

 

Progressive Metal

4.11 | 1489 ratings

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Starhammer
Prog Reviewer
5 stars Santa Claus' personal alarm clock...

Despite modest critical success, its failure to produce another hit single left Awake a commercial failure in the eyes of the record label.

The Good: After the success of Images and Words it would have been easy for the band to play it safe and just replicate their winning formula. Instead they decided to follow a heavier path but the result was equally magnificent. Whilst the album still contains their signature sound it also has a darker edge.

Awake was also the final Dream Theater album to feature; interesting lyrics, sensible drum levels, Kevin Moore, and outstanding performances from James LaBrie. The album showcases his vocal ability and diversity, ranging from the gritty Lie to the melodic Lifting Shadows Off a Dream, and the stratospheric highs of Innocence Faded where he appears to start singing in a language unbeknown to mankind. The aforementioned song also features possibly the greatest outro in ALL of prog metal, and is perfectly complimented by one of the greatest intros, a couple of tracks earlier in the form of 6:00.

Whilst all of the songs found here are pretty unique, some are more unique than others. Step forward Space Dye Vest. This was written solely by Moore who's keyboards had played a more subdued and atmospheric role for rest of the album. Just by listening to it, its pretty obvious where he wanted his music to go and why he left the band, although I still think its an absolutely brilliant and subtle composition.

The Bad: No weak tracks to be found here but I think Caught in a Web falls short of the rest.

The Verdict: Their 'other' magnum opus.

Starhammer | 5/5 |

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