A Change of Seasons EP
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A Change Of Seasons (qui, en dépit de ses cinquante-sept minutes, ne doit pas être considéré comme un véritable album, mais comme un mini-LP) est beaucoup moins attractif qu'Images And Words, puisqu'il ne contient qu'un très long (et, cette fois, trop long : vingt-trois minutes sans réels temps forts) morceau de même titre, ainsi que deux medleys (un de Led Zeppelin et un réunissant Pink Floyd, Kansas, Queen, Journey, Dixie Dregs et Genesis) et trois reprises (deux d'Elton John et une de Deep Purple). --Hervé SK Guégano
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Along with Queensryche, Dream Theater is certainly one of the best and most influential progressive metal bands to come out of the 80s. First there was the promising debut When Dream And Day Unite(1989), then following up in 1992 with the masterpiece album Images & Words, definitely one of the best rock albums of the 90s. 1994's Awake saw the band take a heavier, darker, and less commercial sound, but still delivering some of the best progressive metal there is. Since Dream Theater values their fans quite a bit, they decided to release the EP A Change Of Seasons, which bought time between albums. Joining vocalist James Labrie, guitarist John Petrucci, drummer Mike Portnoy, bassist John Myung, and replacing former keyboardist Kevin Moore is Derek Sherinian (worked with DT, Alice Cooper, and Planet X). Despite what most DT fans will tell you, Sherinian is actually a masterful, dynamic, and inventive keyboardist, though his best material can be found from his solo work in a band called "Planet X". How does this release fare? Let's look:
First of all, let's talk about the one and only reason to actually buy this disc: the spectacular title track. Originally, ACOS was a b-side from the I&W album, but for some reason DT decided to resurrect this track. Whatever the case may be, I'm glad we got this song some way or another. They reworked it a bit and created a stellar epic, clocking in at a whopping 23 minutes. As the liner notes indicate, the band rehired I&W producer David Prater to help give the song the melodic atmosphere it needed. Instrumentally for the most part, it has the feeling of I&W, but with the raw production of the upcoming album Falling Into Infinity(1996).Read more ›
The little ditty, mind you, is a megamasterpiece, a multiple movement epic, a true rock symphony. And although nobody else in the universe should adhere to what I'm about to say, it does hold true in the single case of DT; this is the greatness that this band can produce when they don't think too much. A good bit of their music is sometimes littered with coldness, a plethora of empty notes that don't lead anywhere. This is particulary apparent on their "Train of Thought" album. But here, in an effort to just get anything out, DT clung to their emotions as much as their technical beastiality. Don't get me wrong, there's alot of "notes." But on this album, they often get placed perfectly. Some sections even have anthemic shout-along chorus type parts, reminiscent of Bon Jovi - "Innocence caressing me..." and "O come let us adore him..." are two highly distinctive examples.
What makes "Change of Seasons" so remarkable is that it doesn't just stay on one plane, as with many shredder bands out there. There's a real pacing, give and take, development of themes, progressing to epic climaxes, then denoument...just like a good book. And that's what puts this music above the risk of hollow, empty notes. Having achieved that, they are free to intermingle all the extra trappings of "prog" without the danger of losing the point (innovative harmonies, time signature changes, instrumental sections, etc.).
Thesis statement: instrumental arrangements and emotional songwriting are balanced superbly, yielding 23 minutes of rhapsodic greatness that you'll just want to listen to over and over...Read more ›
While John Petrucci is my favorite lyricist overall, Mike Portnoy holds the single-song best lyric honor with this one.
"Ear Candy" is the best description here: lyrically and musically, this 20+ minute epic paints true imagery set to motion by the cadence and progression of the music. I rarely listen to the other 4 songs, as I have sensory overload after #1!
LaBrie is fully at home in this setting.
Everything fits perfectly.
Seize the day, I heard him say
Life will not always be this way
Hear the sounds
Cherish your life while you're still around.
"Gather ye rosebuds while you may
old time is still a-flying
and this same flower that smiles today
tomorrow will be dying"
We can learn fromt the past,
but those days are gone...
We can hope for the future,
but there may not be one...
Dream Theater tried this again with "Six degrees Of Inner Turbulence," but that song is divided into 8 sections, each so distinct that that it actually doesn't flow as a song. James LaBrie is in fine form here, singing operatically and emotionally, fitting each of the song's movements as they should be. Derek Shirinian proves here that he was not DT's weakest keyboard player. In fact, I like him better than Jordan Rudess, the new guy. Petrucci and Portnoy are their usual selves, showing off to the point of overplaying, but on this song, each shred solo or double bass volley works and fits, so bravo. John Myung is underrated as usual, as much of the song is driven by his brilliant basswork(see him live, he upstages Petrucci easily).
The lyrics here aren't bad, which is unusual, considering they were written by Portnoy, the weakest lyricist in the band. They deal with an old man coming to terms with mortality and the prospect of his family carrying on without him. He realizes, watching the sunset with his son, that he will live on through his posterity, and his soul finds peace in that.
A truly great effort.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This is a wonderful concept for a Progressive Group to take a number of former rock bands such as zeppelin and Elton john, Queen, and then redo them in the style of the new... Read morePublished 1 month ago by spigomars
A Dream Theater EP not to missed! Includes the long-awaited studio recording of their hit live song "A Change of Seasons". Read morePublished 16 months ago by Connor
This album is great! It contains the masterpiece track "A Change Of Seasons", which I consider the best composition DT did so far. Read morePublished on June 28 2004
The general consensus among DT fans is that the title song on a "Change of Seasons" is amazing and that the rest of the album disappoints. Read morePublished on March 10 2004 by Thomas Palmer
A Change of Seasons is without a doubt, my favourite song of all time. The album I could take or leave as a whole. This gets 5 stars because of the title track. Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2004 by Yes thats true.
This falls right were Dream theater was at their peak. Better than Images and Words, because they had not found their feet since the departure of the their former singer. Read morePublished on Dec 29 2003 by Komichiwa
Creo que este disco es bastante bueno, es increible como Dream Theater es capaz de tocar perfectamente canciones de grupos tan increibles como Pink Floyd o Genesis. Read morePublished on Oct. 12 2003