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Originally posted by peart_lee_lifeson peart_lee_lifeson wrote:

I really like Labrie's vocals.  He has had some rough moments live, but watch the Live Score Concert DVD.  He belts it out flawlessly on that one.  Amazing!


It should be mentioned that there were no vocal overdubs on Score Big smile
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I love his voice and his vocal ability. As already mentioned on this surprisingly no-bashin-Labrie-thread, He has a great original metal side, a very good soft music vocals and a great taste on melodies. For me, Labrie is essential for DT, 'cause he never end up sounding like anyone else but him. His cover version of Queen in the last album was just impressive, no one can sing like that. 

His solo albums are great also.   
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Andy Webb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 04 2011 at 20:24
Originally posted by jampa17 jampa17 wrote:

I love his voice and his vocal ability. As already mentioned on this surprisingly no-bashin-Labrie-thread, He has a great original metal side, a very good soft music vocals and a great taste on melodies. For me, Labrie is essential for DT, 'cause he never end up sounding like anyone else but him. His cover version of Queen in the last album was just impressive, no one can sing like that. 

His solo albums are great also.   

I agree with all this, especially his cover of Queen. One contrast of that is his rather painful cover of To Tame a Land - not his best moment IMO LOL
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Alitare Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 04 2011 at 20:39
I am not a DT fan, but I will say that he isn't as pitiful as folks tend to claim. No, he doesn't ever win any emotion awards from me, but he's leagues ahead of...somegeddyleesingers I could mention. :P
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Originally posted by andyman1125 andyman1125 wrote:

Originally posted by jampa17 jampa17 wrote:

I love his voice and his vocal ability. As already mentioned on this surprisingly no-bashin-Labrie-thread, He has a great original metal side, a very good soft music vocals and a great taste on melodies. For me, Labrie is essential for DT, 'cause he never end up sounding like anyone else but him. His cover version of Queen in the last album was just impressive, no one can sing like that. 

His solo albums are great also.   

I agree with all this, especially his cover of Queen. One contrast of that is his rather painful cover of To Tame a Land - not his best moment IMO LOL
LOL yeah... that song started great but he complicated the stuff in the middle and totally scrw*d up at the end... well, no one is perfect right? 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote The T Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 04 2011 at 23:13
Originally posted by jampa17 jampa17 wrote:

 
Originally posted by andyman1125 andyman1125 wrote:

Originally posted by jampa17 jampa17 wrote:

I love his voice and his vocal ability. As already mentioned on this surprisingly no-bashin-Labrie-thread, He has a great original metal side, a very good soft music vocals and a great taste on melodies. For me, Labrie is essential for DT, 'cause he never end up sounding like anyone else but him. His cover version of Queen in the last album was just impressive, no one can sing like that. 

His solo albums are great also.   

I agree with all this, especially his cover of Queen. One contrast of that is his rather painful cover of To Tame a Land - not his best moment IMO LOL
LOL yeah... that song started great but he complicated the stuff in the middle and totally scrw*d up at the end... well, no one is perfect right? 
If you have ever heard DT's cover of "The Number of the Beast", you know Labrie can have very bad moments when they put too much of a challenge in front of him LOL
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Originally posted by The T The T wrote:

Originally posted by jampa17 jampa17 wrote:

 
Originally posted by andyman1125 andyman1125 wrote:

Originally posted by jampa17 jampa17 wrote:

I love his voice and his vocal ability. As already mentioned on this surprisingly no-bashin-Labrie-thread, He has a great original metal side, a very good soft music vocals and a great taste on melodies. For me, Labrie is essential for DT, 'cause he never end up sounding like anyone else but him. His cover version of Queen in the last album was just impressive, no one can sing like that. 

His solo albums are great also.   

I agree with all this, especially his cover of Queen. One contrast of that is his rather painful cover of To Tame a Land - not his best moment IMO LOL
LOL yeah... that song started great but he complicated the stuff in the middle and totally scrw*d up at the end... well, no one is perfect right? 
If you have ever heard DT's cover of "The Number of the Beast", you know Labrie can have very bad moments when they put too much of a challenge in front of him LOL


His scream was super impressive, especially considered I haven't heard where Bruce nailed it live.  But his singing on the verse was off putting, to put it mildly. 
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Cheese LaBrie was an amusing term I once heard haha. Personally I don't dislike him at all, I'm not a great Dream Theater fan but I hope he keeps doing what he does because I know lots of other people who like him and the band!
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Originally posted by Triceratopsoil Triceratopsoil wrote:

Originally posted by andyman1125 andyman1125 wrote:

Originally posted by Triceratopsoil Triceratopsoil wrote:

Originally posted by WalterDigsTunes WalterDigsTunes wrote:

Remember them in the eighties? Guess what wasn't there. That's right: Labrie.


Wally has a point.  Not only was WDaDU their best album, Dominici (sp?) was a far better vocalist.

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100% serious, I've often said that it's their best album and I truly believe that.
YES! And I agree absolutely with you! WDaDU is just soooooo amazing! Clap Never ever did they manage to do a better album than that. The Live Bootleg with James singing is horrible! Charlie Dominici was by far the better vocalist!
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I think he's good. There are moments when his voice can't hack it live, but usually in studio he's incredible.  Watch the Score 20th anniversary concert. He's unbelievable there. He does a very fine job on the new album, too. 

Bash him if you like, but there are not many guys that can sing with that kind of range. 
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Originally posted by Kashmir75 Kashmir75 wrote:

I think he's good. There are moments when his voice can't hack it live, but usually in studio he's incredible.  Watch the Score 20th anniversary concert. He's unbelievable there. He does a very fine job on the new album, too. 

Bash him if you like, but there are not many guys that can sing with that kind of range. 
 
There may not be MANY guys but there certainly are others who can sing in a comparable range to LaBrie, if not even higher.  The Lost Horizon guy hits a D6 on the song Highlander, those are really high notes for a female singer, let alone tenors.  And he really nails it too. Since range seems to be the main defense offered in favour of LaBrie's singing, some people, like myself, do find him heavily overrated.  And range aside, there are many aspects of his singing that are either not highly impressive or downright offputting...I won't go into those because if you like it, you like it, period. 
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Strange how nobody mentioned "Awake" as LaBrie's best performance.
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Originally posted by thepower thepower wrote:

Strange how nobody mentioned "Awake" as LaBrie's best performance.

I really like his performance on Awake.  That and it's my favorite DT album. Smile
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Originally posted by Stooge Stooge wrote:

Originally posted by thepower thepower wrote:

Strange how nobody mentioned "Awake" as LaBrie's best performance.

I really like his performance on Awake.  That and it's my favorite DT album. Smile

Since the new album came out i started listening to their old albums again.
That album has really stuck to me, and i've really been loving it.
I'll say it's my favorite at the moment too.

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He used to have great range, but he would tend to get shrill to often.  I actually like his voice better now that it's mellowed a bit.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dellinger Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 19 2011 at 19:31
Exactly what I think. I don't care if he has/had a great range if he would end up doing some annoying shrilling. I like him much better when he doesn't sing too high.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote martinprog77 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 20 2011 at 17:31
Originally posted by thepower thepower wrote:

Strange how nobody mentioned "Awake" as LaBrie's best performance.
in my opinion his best performance is on'' the human equation ''
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Originally posted by thepower thepower wrote:

Strange how nobody mentioned "Awake" as LaBrie's best performance.

Come to think of it, it's strange how nobody mentioned Fates Warning's "Life In Still Water" as his best performance.  You can hardly tell he's on that track (he does backing vocals), and that's how many around here like it. LOL
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Originally posted by Kashmir75 Kashmir75 wrote:

I think he's good. There are moments when his voice can't hack it live, but usually in studio he's incredible.  Watch the Score 20th anniversary concert. He's unbelievable there. He does a very fine job on the new album, too. 

Bash him if you like, but there are not many guys that can sing with that kind of range. 

Totally agree. Magnificent on Score 20th anniversary concert. The new album is stunning and his voice superb
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LaBrie's voice is by and large what keeps me from enjoying most of the Dream Theater stuff I've heard. Dude sounds like an angry rodent, and even based on what little I've heard of his voice you can count me among those who prefer Dominici's voice. One of my biggest problems with Dream Theater is their self-seriousness and Dominici seems like he has the ability to counter that affect. 
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