If you’re new to Dream Theater and reading these reviews, you’re probably getting more than a little confused by the rankings and comments they receive. From my experience, a person’s reaction to Dream Theater can be easily predicted based on their other musical interests. 1) Pop rock fans: You won’t like DT unless you tend towards complex melodies and harmonies. DT are not terribly accessible. The only truly accessible song on this album is “Space-Dye Vest”, written by then keyboardist Kevin Moore. Other than that, you might find the whole album incomprehensible. This isn’t the album to start with, however. Try Images and Words or Falling into Infinity first. 2) MetalHeads: You may like DT if you don’t mind keyboards with your metal. DT has all the elements of a good metal band, but for purists, the keyboards ruin it all. If you’re not a purist, and you aren’t into the predictable three-chord school, DT is right up your alley, and this is the album you should start with. 3) Fans of Rush, and progressive bands: If you think Metallica is decent but too repetitive, give DT a listen. If you think Metallica are the antichrist, don’t bother. Start with a different album, however. Either you’ll love this group, or you’ll hate them. There isn’t a whole lot of middle ground, but they’re worth a shot. You might just wind up with a new favorite band. I did.