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Dream Theater - Score: 20th Anniversary World Tour Live with the Octavarium Orchestra CD (album) cover


Dream Theater


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4.45 | 591 ratings

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2 stars Great... ANOTHER live album from Dream Theater.....

I used to be a huge Dream Theater fan. Over the last several months, however, I have almost stopped listening to them entirely. When I received a promo copy of this disc, it just reinforced my opinion. I really thought DT went downhill with Octavarium, and since this is from the Octavarium tour, there is a great deal of material from that album. They even play 'I Walk Beside You', which was in my humble opinion, an obvious filler track on the album. Sure, it's neat that they play all the long songs in their entirety, but it all just seems so unnecessary to me at this point. James LaBrie sounds much better than he did on the Budokan CD, but he's still the obvious weak link in the band. That brings me to my next point, which is the lack of instrumentalism. Their previous live efforts usually feature some sort of 'instrumedley' during which Labrie leaves the stage, to the relief of many decent people, and lets the amazingly talented band jam together. However, I detected no such thing on this album, and if it was there, it wasn't cool enough to leave an impression.

This album gets 2 stars, because no one was really clamoring for yet another live album (except the fanboys of course) and this one just doesn't impress me. However, it's not complete trash, because they Petrucci and Myung can still rip.

GoldenSpiral | 2/5 |


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