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  • I don’t think I can refer to the whole album. Many people think this is Dream Theater’s best album. I don’t think so, because there are a few songs I don’t like much (like “Another Day” which sounds to me as just a little song without grace… ). But, the thing is that this albun contains two of the best songs I have ever heard: “Metropolis Part 1: The Miracle and The Sleeper” and specially “Learning to Live”. Those two songs makes the whole album a very good choice. A thing to take into account, is that this was the second Dream Theater’s album, I think. So, you can’t expect the band to be really mature, there’s a lot of experimentation, trying to find “their own sound”. But, this experimentation is being taken by very good musicians, who knows a lot about music and that are very very talented at their own instruments (voice included). These guys know what they’re doing. I’ve read some reviews about the lyrics; some giving good grades to the lyrics and some just destroying them. Well, I don’t think lyrics is an important issue… I mean, the important thing is the music, the lyrics are just something that accompanies. I think it is very stupid to make a critic thinking about the lyrics. And the same thing applies for those who judge: “this is prog rock” or “this is not prog rock”… I mean, I think no one can tall what prog rock is, because you have lots of very different bands that are included under the “prog rock” label, starting from King Crimson and passing trough Yes, Queen, Rush, Pink Floyd, Queensr├┐che, Bozzio Levin Stevens, Gordian Knot, Transatlantic, Dream Theater… And those bands are very different, you can’t say “King Crimson is a prog rock band, but Queen isn’t”. Based on what? Progressive (not only progressive rock) it was a “movement” against the whole commercial thing, a movement that wanted to support and encourage the free musical experimentation with no limits or agreements. So… how can anybody judge what prog is? There are lots of “prog branches”. I think Dream Theater is considered as “prog metal”. Whatever, for those that are not that purists and just want to try things and enjoy music, I think this album is a very good choice. But, be prepared for metal and some heavy parts, as well as soft pieces such us “Wait for Sleep”.

    Posted on January 20, 2010