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AWAKE

Dream Theater

 

Progressive Metal

4.12 | 2069 ratings

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ToNy06
5 stars After the commercial success of their 2nd album, "Images and Words", Dream Theater decided to create their darkest album called "Awake".

The result is brilliant: no weak track, good lyrics, creativity and musicality at their climax. However, LaBrie's singing is not particularly good in this album.

- "6:00" and "Caught in a web" open the albumin a heavy way. A good start. 8/10 + 8,5/10 - "Innocence faded" is IMO the least interesting song of the album : quite commercial compared to the rest of the album and a bit repetitive 6/10 - A Mind besides itself : the masterpiece of the album: --> "Erotomania" is one of the best instrumental ever done by Dream Theater. All the musicians are really impressive in this track. 10/10 --> "Voices" is in my opinion the best DT song ever. The changes of rythm are always well realized, and LaBrie's singing is very impressive in this track. This song releases such an emotion, such an intensity, that we don't realize the tracks lasts 10 minutes. 10/10 --> Silent Man is an accoustic ballad, quite pleasant to hear. 8/10 - "The Mirror"/ "Lie" : good metal songs, about Portnoy's addiction to alcohol. Not the most progressive tracks of the album, but good tracks nevertheless. 8,5/10 + 8,5/10 - "Lifting Shadows off a Dream" : one of the best tracks in the album, with an impressive work by Moore, that gives much emotion to this song. 9/10 - "Scarred" : this song is a bit too long. Great moments combined with useless ones. If it had been shortened, it would have been a greater song. 8,5/10 - "Space Dye Vest" : Moore's testament to the band. Emotionnally the best DT track ever. 10/10

Some reviewers think that Dream theater is an overrated band. I think that this album is the most underrated album. IMO, Awake is the best DT album, even before "Images and Words" and "Metropolis part 2"

Deserves big 5 stars

ToNy06 | 5/5 |

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