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AWAKE

Dream Theater

 

Progressive Metal

4.12 | 2068 ratings

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macguyver2751
4 stars Dream Theater - Awake.

I picked this album up at my local HMV 'cause I had been recommended Dream Theater. When I got home, I also got out my burnt copy of "Train of Thought".

Listening to Train of Thought first, it was a bit too heavy for me at that point, and a lot of the songs sounded a bit too metal for me, not enough progressive...so the original spin of "Awake" was off thrown for me.

A second time in my dad's truck, I saw the true masterpiece of Awake. Opening song isn't great in my opinion, seems a bit thrown together, but the following songs are great. It also hooked my dad...who doesn't even like progressive music.

John Petrucci's solo's are amazing, and James LaBrie's vocals are as great as his lyrics are cryptic...(damned good!).

The only downfall for the album in my opinion is the opening track...and I didn't much like the video for "Lie" either.

A bit of a heavier edge for Dream Theater's earlier works, but still very good. I would recommend it for fans of "Falling Into Infinity" or "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence" more than "Scenes from a Memory" fans.

All in all, I give the album 4/5. Not because I don't like the album, but because I know Dream Theater has better works than this. A great collection to your progressive collection, but not outstanding like some great progressive albums...

Best Tracks: Erotomania/Voices, and Space-Dye Vest

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