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  • Audio CD (Feb. 12 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Elektra Entertain.
  • ASIN: B00005UEAR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 333 customer reviews
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Disc: 1
1. The Glass Prison
2. Blind Faith
3. Misunderstood
4. The Great Debate
5. Disappear
Disc: 2
1. Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence: Overture
2. About To Crash
3. War Inside My Head
4. The Test That Stumped Them All
5. Goodnight Kiss
6. Solitary Shell
7. About To Crash (Reprise)
8. Losing Time/Grand Finale

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Dream Theater has maintained a rare combination of stellar musicianship and unwavering passion for nearly a decade, selling millions of albums and filling concert venues worldwide. The band once again confirms its status as progressive hard rock's standard-bearers on their latest studio epic, the double CD Six Degress Of Inner Turbulence.

Never a band to do things by halves, Dream Theater's Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence is a two-disc extravaganza with a title track that clocks in at a prog-tastic 42 minutes. Following very much in the style of their previous studio release Scenes from a Memory, the "Six Degrees" piece, which occupies the entire second disc, is divided into eight movements beginning of course with the now-obligatory "Overture". It's all good, meaty stuff, but the quasi-symphonic structure isn't really justified by the music, which alternately noodles and thrashes about in a somewhat haphazard manner; while singer James LaBrie's elliptical storytelling struggles to make an impression over the rest of the band's stunningly virtuosic onslaught. The other disc has five chunky shorter pieces (averaging about 10 minutes each) which hearken back to the grungier sound of their Awake album. Guitarist John Petrucci dominates proceedings here perhaps more than he should, and only fearsome drummer Mike Portnoy can compete in the sheer volume and notes-per-second competition. The result is an album that fulfils all the fans' expectations of what this band do best. Despite the "progressive" tag, Dream Theater have, it seems, found a formula and they're sticking to it.--Mark Walker

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Where do you go? You just made one of the best albums of all time, and for my money THE BEST album DT could ever make, in "Metropolis 2, Scenes from a Memory." It was all an evolution up to the most mighty and magical concept album possible. So what next?
Answer: a near-45-minute-long-song.
When I first heard about it when they were in the studio, I didn't flinch. "Yeah," I thought, "that's all they know how to do and it probably will lack some focus." Nobody can touch them for their virtuosity, but those who've got the Transatlantic, LTE, and Explorers Club stuff are well aware that this family of progrockers doesn't have to work quite as hard as, let's say, Blink 182 or Matchbox 20 (that's my little joke), to bypass radiofriendlyness and do a song that lasts for a half hour or so. I'm all about epics, and GIVEN that the mighty DT's release is guaranteed to squash anything the majority of kids are picking up these days (another little joke, I'm only 23), I'm only finding flaws with DT on the hardest of grading criteria. You'll notice this double set is still an easy 5 stars, according to me. But a 42 minute long song in and of itself isn't immediately guaranteed exemption from scrutiny...
AND...I don't know how they did it, but they did it. The epic 8 movement song is a near masterpiece afterall. ESPECIALLY when held up against Metropolis 2, Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence isn't a whole lot weaker than the former. Still not quite as good, but so much better than I would have thought possible. They really did "do it again."... Again Mike, Jordan, James, and the Johns have the maturity to balance excessive overplaying with songwriting, yielding the ideal scenario from virtuosic performers: strong compositions.
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Dream Theater has never quite matched the heights they achieved with the classic "Images & Words" from over a decade ago. The closest they came, according to most fans, was "Scenes from a Memory", the album before this offering.
Enter "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence". An eclectic mix of songs, to say the least. The album opens with a progressive metal masterpiece, "The Glass Prison". This is arguably Dream Theater's greatest purely metal song, with great riffs, varied and interesting progression, and a heaviness seldom found in the band's work.
The other songs on the first disc of this two-CD album don't quite equal the opening track. They represent a competent if somewhat uninspired effort, and while they get tiresome after awhile, are still excellent songs. This first disc suffers a little from "wankfest syndrome", in that it does contain long, uninspired instrumental sections in some places. The best example of this is the outro of "Misunderstood", which essentially degenerates into Petrucci messing around with his wah pedal and seeing what kind of cool sounds he can make with his guitar. A shameful conclusion to an otherwise excellent song.
The second disc is much better. The songwriting is mostly tight, and it definitely sticks to a theme while remaining varied and interesting. It's hard to pick stand-out tracks, because all but "Overture" and "Goodnight Kiss" are outstanding.
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My opinion of an album never changed over time as much as it with this album. The first disc of this album is drastically different from anything that DT has ever put out. The vocal sound and method is new for DT...its a very modern sound. Personally, I think JL has an amazing natural voice...and he should never use effects to alter it in any way. I wasn't really into the first disc after my first listen...but I was VERY VERY anxious to hear the second disc...another progressive concept disc. My initial thoughts...I didn't like it too much. I played it through a few times...then I stored it away with the rest of the CDs that I wouldn't listen to for awhile. Then a day came when I decided that I was going to give this album a second chance. I listened and listened to that second CD...with the lyrics in hand....and boy did it ever grow on me. It is a masterpiece...indescribable. The fact that I didn't acknowledge this initally blows my mind! I could still take or leave the first disc save Glass Prision, but this album should be in everyone's collection. To the people that say to "throw away the second disc", you are out of your minds. The second disc rivals SFAM in every way except for perhaps a shorter less connected story. Sceptics should embrace the second the disc with an open mind...and see where it leads you.....
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When I first heard Disc 1 of Six Degrees, I admit I was disappointed. Their previous album, Scenes From A Memory, was incredible, and their absolute best. On this nothing seemed to really gel, and Jordan Rudess didn't seem as integral a part of the sound as he did on SFAM. However, this is definately a record that grows on you. With this, Dream Theater progressed. Progression doesn't equal time signatures and blazing 32-note runs. Progression means the band changes, hopefully for the better, from disc to disc. While SFAM was the group at its most complex, Six Degrees focused more on tight songwriting and a healty dose of experimentation. "The Glass Prison" roars out of the gate like early Metallica or the lost demo from Awake. Although Mike's "singing" threatens to blow it all to hell, it is saved by high energy, a good performance by James and Myung, and Jordan's hilarious "turntable" solo. "Blind Faith" took me a while to get into. More of an alternative rock song with some intelligent lyrics, it also has a badass solo section. I particularly love the intro. "Misunderstood" shows that DT is trying out some new things. It's it's use of acoustic guitar, vocal harmonies, and cello, of all things, give it an ominous feel, yet it still contains those majestic chord progressions that are something of a DT trademark. "The Great Debate" is a decent heavy song, but it has nowhere near the energy of "The Glass Prison" and tries a little too hard to sound like Tool. The lyrics deal with stem cell research, and although they cover both sides of the debate, you can pretty much tell that Petrucci is against the research. Although the lyrics are hit and miss, it is interesting to see Dream Theater get political.Read more ›
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