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Dream Theater


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3.68 | 677 ratings

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3 stars This is the second DREAM THEATER album I bought. It's title song is a very good prog epic, but the rest is a bit lacking.

The title track begins with the "Crimson Sunrise" movement, some of the best instrumentation this side of 1990; then it's "Innocence" also good. Some people complain about James Labrie's vocals, but I really don't mind (except for some occaisional piercing screams that get on your nerves...luckily he cuts it out in "Scenes from a Memory" and "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence"). Then it's on to "Carpe Diem," an okay part that gets good near the end with its fall-type sounds; the "Winters" instrumental is good, but not exceptional; then "Another World" drags in, and while it moves the story, it does not move the listener as it is the lowest point of the song. The song compensates, however, with the "Summer" movement with its excellent bass and heat theme; finally the song closes with "Crimson Sunset," my favorite of the parts with lyrics.

The live parts are okay, except that I've never listened to Elton JOHN or DEEP PURPLE. The LED ZEPPELIN medley is okay, but not nostalgic because although I sometimes listen to ZEPPELIN I have never heard these songs. My favorite of the live section is the Big Medley with its PINK FLOYD, KANSAS, QUEEN and other covers. Those songs I have heard! And they cover them great! Overall, this album is a good buy if you want to get into DREAM THEATER and can tolerate some metal...and Labrie's vocals.

penguindf12 | 3/5 |


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