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Album Review

Dream Theater is almost aggressively out of fashion in 1999. Few bands subscribe to their dense blend of progressive rock and post-Halen metal, and those that do usually don't have major-label contracts, the way Dream Theater does. There was a point where they tried to straighten out their sound somewhat, as they flirted with straight-ahead, laid-back metal on 1997's Falling into Infinity, but with its 1999 studio sequel, Scenes from a Memory, Dream Theater delves straight into old-fashioned prog rock. Scenes from a Memory is an unabashed concept album, told in two acts, about the 1928 murder of a young woman and how a modern man is haunted by the crime. A convoluted, difficult tale is told in a convoluted, difficult fashion, with no less than four tracks clocking in at well over ten minutes and three others ranging from 6:30 to 8:50. Clearly, this is intended as some sort of masterwork, and what's remarkable is that Dream Theater comes close to creating a masterwork with Scenes from a Memory. The album plays more like a suite than a collection of individual songs. At times, that means the album can bog down slightly in its own flights of fancy and long instrumental sections, but concentrated listens reveal the intricacies of the song structures and the musicianship. Occasionally, it can seem as if James Labrie oversings, but that's a minor point — the overall end result of the album is quite impressive indeed.

Customer Reviews

The Bottome Line

I own every DT album and enjoy them all. However, there are only two categories for their albums: 1) Scenes From a Memory, and 2) everything else. This is a good as it gets.

She's Taken Me To My Home

This is the finest work Dream Theater will ever release, So do your Ipod a favor and stop whatever you're doing right now and BUY THIS ALBUM. Don't buy the partial album, it's missing some songs, the 12.99 price tag is worth every pennny. Also purchase Metropolis pt1 one the Images and Words album it goes along with the story.


The entire album makes me tingle. If you get one Dream Theater album, get this one. The ending makes me tingle harder than the rest, and it also scares me. A lot. What's not to love?


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...
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Metropolis, Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory, Dream Theater
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  • $12.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Hard Rock, Prog-Rock/Art Rock, Metal
  • Released: Jan 01, 1999

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