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Some rock & roll purists consider the term "progressive rock" an oxymoron. After all, rock & roll is supposed to be about feeling, not thinking. Prog rock bands miss the point by taking the soul out of a musical form that's purposely crass and anti-intellectual. All the precise, long-winded arrangements, keyboard flourishes, wailing vocals, and over-orchestration of groups like Yes, Emerson Lake & Palmer, and, to a degree, Rush suck the soul out of something that should be less head and more body. Dream Theater, though they possess many of the same characteristics as these bands, still manage to maintain a human element in their music. Awake is at times self-indulgent and pompous, but songs like "Lie", a passionate crusher that finds guitarist John Petrucci launching riff after thunderous riff in a cacophonous volley of crunch, ring true with real passion and base emotion. It's the depth and tonality his guitar brings to the music that keeps Dream Theater from falling into the Styx-isms they often veer dangerously close to. A very solid record for those who don't mind thinking while rocking. --Adem Tepedelen
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They were awsome live, but that crazy singer had to ruin everything. Forgive me if you actually like that singer, but I just ended up throwing this CD out because of singer man, and I'm not kidding, this cd is in a dump as we speak. I do not suggest getting this CD, but if you do happen to be a Dream Theater fan, I would have to say this is one of their better albums.
this albums really good. musicianship is incredible. lyrics are deep and thoughtful. heres the lowdown:
6:00...5/5...when i first bough this album couple years back, this was the only song i could listen to, but then i listened to the rest of the album...
caught in a web...5/5...the next song i could only listen to. became an obsession, almost.
innocence faded...5/5...the last song i listened to over and over again before i picked this album up a couple months ago to really listen to it.
erotomania...5/5...proof of great musicianship. just as good as instrumentals by metallica, if not better.
voices...5/5...i might be a little generous on this song, but i really love it. little too long for this song though.
the silent man...5/5...little quick song thats really cool.
the mirror...3/5...ok, this is where the album goes little down hill for me. this songs ok, but not great.
lie...5/5...this ones good. that solo that john did...crap...that was incredible. gotta learn that one. anyway, another good song.
lifting shadows off a dream...5/5...easily the best song off the album. beautiful.
scarred...3/5...ok. its not that i dont like long songs, but this ones kinda boring.
space dye vest...4/5...another ok one. this is one of those albums where the first or second half is much better than the rest. this ones kinda too slow though. ok for once in a while.Read more ›
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Dream Theater continues and extends the line of winning CD's they have produced with AWAKE, the problem being they have not IMPROVED the line. Read morePublished 27 days ago by spigomars
This was my first Dream Theater, which I got around last year. It is a great album with some awesome songs and always outstanding John Petrucci solos. Read morePublished on May 22 2004 by amisfitsfan
I would tend to agree that this is one of DT's darkest/moodiest efforts. This is a serious departure from the more commercially flavored Images and Words and Falling into Infinity... Read morePublished on May 7 2004 by Todd
Awake is a slightly heavier release than the classic Images & Words. This album has a great dark feel to it, exemplified by songs like "Voices", "The... Read morePublished on May 5 2004 by Justin Smith
If I could take one album with me to the afterlife, this one would be it. The musicanmanship is intricate, yet not exceedingly technical, the lyrics thoughtful and superb, and the... Read morePublished on May 2 2004 by Craig D. Reddell
To stay from overredundance I'll say that the instrumentals in this album are amazing, but that has been constituted by the other reviews of this album. Read morePublished on May 1 2004
Dream Theater is definatly my favorite band so this review might be a little bias. If you never listened to them before give them a chance, even if you don't like the music you can... Read morePublished on April 17 2004
If you're used to old school Metal bands like Judas Priest, Anthrax, Metallica (in their better days) and Iron Maiden. Or even newer bands like Iced Earth or Blind Guardian... Read morePublished on March 17 2004 by Jon Smith
I will be the first to say that Image and Words is a great cd. . this on the other is not. To give this more than two stars just goes to prove a person lacks musical taste. Avoid.Published on March 17 2004