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AWAKE

Dream Theater

 

Progressive Metal

4.12 | 2049 ratings

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Warthur
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2 stars I can't blame Dream Theater for taking their time about crafting a followup for Images and Words - after all, that album was such a huge hit they must have felt a huge pressure to produce an album worthy of that illustrious predecessor. I'm not sure they succeeded. Though I was initially impressed by Awake, over time I feel that it hasn't stood up to the extent that Images and Words has.

I find James LaBrie's vocals rather soulless - he's technically very proficient, but perhaps a little *too* polished and I don't detect much in the way of personality or emotion in the delivery. And on the whole, that's how I feel about the rest of the performances too; technically they're highly accomplished, but there's a plastic, too-perfect sheen to the album which means that once all the flashy prog showboating is done I'm left curiously unmoved, despite the fact that as I understand it a lot of the songs deal (directly or indirectly) with things which meant a great deal to the band. When the guys do make an effort to get emotive, they often overshoot and end up being overly cheesy and saccharine. I may be Awake, but I'm not feeling anything.

Warthur | 2/5 |

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