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Album Review

Dream Theater's first album with new vocalist James LaBrie is an excellent mix of progressive metal stylings with heartfelt vocals and thought-provoking lyrics. Guitarist John Petrucci, bassist John Myung, and drummer Mike Portnoy, all of whom trained at Berklee, show impressive ability on their respective instruments. Kevin Moore's keyboards weave strongly through the intricately constructed songs, while operatically trained LaBrie shows an impressive range with his tenor. Standout tracks include the complex "Metropolis, Pt. 1," the Shakespeare-influenced "Pull Me Under" (also released as a single and video), the dramatic "Take the Time," and the 11-minute, thoughtful "Learning to Live." Dream Theater's musicianship and songwriting are a cut above the norm; this is a very good disc.

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At last!!!

It seems like iTunes is getting a lot more Dream Theater. Heh, fine by me! Words can't even do this album justice, but I'll try. PMU - DT's first (and last!) real mainstream hit. Moderately heavy, and very catchy. 5/5 Another Day - Beautiful song about cancer. Great solo from JP, JLB's vocals absolutely soar on this track. 4/5 Take the Time - Heavy song, but with a few softer bits here and there. Great unison work between Kevin Moore and JP. However, this song has possibly the worst music video, they had to completely mutilate the song to shorten it, and IMO it ruins the video. 4.5/5 Surrounded - Another beautiful, softer song. Catchy, especially the "Light to dark, dark to light..." part. Awesome vocals, and Petrucci has an awesome delay-ridden lick near the end. 4.5/5 Metropolis Pt. 1 - This is probably DT's defining song, and I was heartbroken to see it left off of Greatest Hit. Just listen to it! 5/5 Under A Glass Moon - Epic. Very, very proggy. JLB hits a high G in the chorus section, which is just sweet. Of course, JP has just a RIPPING solo on this track. Check it out. 5/5 Wait For Sleep - Very soft, piano driven track. It's mainly used as an intro into Learning to Live. 4/5 LtL - THIS is the magnum opus of the album. At 11:30, it was DT's longest track at the time. (Besides ACOS, which was still in the works.) Many things to mention about this song, but I'm running out of words, so I'll just leave you with this: James' F# is on this song. BUY THIS ALBUM! If you're looking for a place to start with DT, this is it. If you've never even heard of DT until this point, buy the album anyway.

about time

About time itunes got this album, its one of the highlights of the bands career. The best tracks on this album are easily Pull Me under, Under a Glass Moon (first DT song i ever learned on drums), Take the Time and Surrounded. Overall, there isnt a bad track here. Get the whoe album, you dont want to miss out on Learning to Live.

Great Album, Great Band, and it's on iTunes

That's right, it's on iTunes. If you're going to buy any Dream Theater album, start with this one. It's got Pull Me Under, their most famous song. Metropolis Part 1 and Under A Glass Moon also prove to be great, and you will love the rest too. For James LaBrie's first album with the band, he has shown experience with his voice, John Petrucci provides some great riffs and guitar solos (Under A Glass Moon, great guitar solo). John Myung and Mike Portnoys provide the support of bass and drums (respectively). Kevin Moore's keyboard playing also deserves a lot of credit. In short, BUY THIS ALBUM!!!


Formed: 1986 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The technically proficient guitar playing of John Petrucci elevated Dream Theater to the upper echelons of contemporary heavy metal. While its lineup has continuously evolved, the Long Island-based quintet has consistently delivered sharp-edged music. Dream Theater is known for its high-energy concert performances. While they've released several live albums -- Live at the Marquee, recorded at the London club; Live in Japan, recorded during the Music in Progress tour in 1993, and a triple-CD and DVD,...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock, Prog-Rock/Art Rock, Hard Rock
  • Released: Jun 30, 1992

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