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IMAGES AND WORDS

Dream Theater

 

Progressive Metal

4.29 | 2070 ratings

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Bupie
5 stars I never liked metal, at a few exceptions. So, because of their metal label, I had stood away from Dream Theater. But, not to die a fool (or at least an ignorant), a few months ago I gave a try to Images and Words. Man, what a right move, except for my wallet cause I have bought their entire catalogue ever since.

Images and Words has an ugly front cover, typical of heavy metal, which makes me think more of a gore movie than of good music (why did they choose a girl with such a strange face ?). The photo of the band doesn't help either, to say the least. So I was quite afraid when I put the cd in the player, not knowing that I was on the verge of a very exciting experience ...

Let's put it straight : I love all the songs on this album and I don't think you can really label the music here as metal, apart from "Under a Glass Moon" and "Pull Me Under".

"Pull Me Under". The song that made the band take off. Do you remember Russel Crowe's words "Unleash Hell" in Gladiator before he sends his legion against the Germans ? This song could have fit perfectly the scene. Thrilling and powerful. Make it listen to a lamb and it will break up a pack of wolves !

"Another day". I read somewhere that only 12 years girls can appreciate such a crap. Well, I must be the male grown-up exception since I find it to be one the best ballads ever. Everything is perfect, especially the guitar solo and the sax outro.

"Take the time". Ah, what can be said about it ? An hymn, that is enough.

"Surrounded". Another perfect song. LaBrie' vocals ("light to dark, dark to light") are wonderful and when the guitar solo arrives, I really feel that I am literraly flying away.

"Metropolis Part 1". Or how make a great song out of a multi-directions mess. Great, really.

"Under a Glass Moon". This is not my favorite since it is the most classical metal type, with its drums and riffs ala Symphony X. Still good in its genre.

"Wait for Sleep". A simple ballad, not unforgettable with its cheesy lyrics but very enjoyable.

"Learning to Live". Another highlight, another hymn. Hard to describe with a few words but amazing could be a good summary ... and also a conclusion for the whole album.

Amazing, indeed.

Bupie | 5/5 |

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