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Dream Theater


Progressive Metal

3.82 | 73 ratings

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3 stars This is a live re-recording of the debut album, with La-Brie and Rudess in the line-up. Now, given a few problems from the original recording, I hoped this would be a step better, but instead it has some problems fixed, but gets some new flaws. The good is, it's got better recording and mixing than the original, plus it sounds more mature, and it's just a bit heavier. However, Moore is missed on keyboards, Rudess of course is excellent (technically speaking, perhaps better than Moore), but the special atmospheric sound from the original recording are gone, and I liked those ones better. And for the last, the most disapointing part of this releas are the vocals. I strongly hoped to have the vocals fixed with this release, since I consider La Brie a better singer than Dominici (even though La Brie can be very annoying at times), but here he managed to sing everything worse than Dominicci did originally (so much that when I listen to the original one I end up enjoying the vocals that I found so difficult to get into originally). So, the main song that really sounds better on this album is "The Ytse Jam", with no vocals and the keyboards fitting Rudess stile, this is a winner on this version. However, the other songs that I really liked from the original album, "Status Seeker", "Afterlife", and "Only a Matter of time", are still very good, and as I said kind of heavier, but in the end, because of vocals and keyboards, I prefer the originals. The rest of the album is just about as annoying as the original, and the vocals even more annoying than they originally were. As for the bonus songs, I never really liked "To live forever", and this version won't make me change my mind, and "Metropolis" is just about as good as ever, though somewhat extended on the instrumental section, and a bit more annoying on vocals. Now, for this last two songs, Sherinian and Dominicci join the band too, though Dominicci doesn't really add much to the vocals, sadly. In the end, I guess this album deserves just about the same rating as the original, though if you will just buy one, the original should be the one to go with.
Dellinger | 3/5 |


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