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Dramatic Turn of Events [Special Edition] [CD + DVD] Special Edition, CD+DVD


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Sept. 13 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Special Edition, CD+DVD
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • ASIN: B005974CNA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,416 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. On the Backs of Angels (8:42)
2. Build Me Up, Break Me Down (6:59)
3. Lost Not Forgotten (10:11)
4. This is the Life (6:57)
5. Bridges In The Sky (11:01)
6. Outcry (11:24)
7. Far From Heaven (3:56)
8. Breaking All Illusions (12:25)
9. Beneath The Surface (5:26)

Product Description

Special two disc (CD + DVD) editon includes bonus DVD. 2011 album from the Progressive Metal greats. A Dramatic Turn of Events is an album born from transition, crafted with studied persistence and possessed by newfound freedom and free-flowing invigoration. The album strikes the perfect balance between Dream Theater's intimate history with all that is heavy, progressive and melodic with each element fully realized. Longtime fans of the band intrigued by the speediness of the notes on display from Dream Theater have much to study on the album, while fans of melodic hooks will find equal pleasure within the songs

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Rogers on Oct. 28 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Whenever a band announces a change in the line-up, fans do one of two things; furrow their brows and declare the group off limits or become very understanding and realize that as time moves on, so do people's priorities. With the changes in the current Dream Theatre line-up, most fans should be quite accepting and after just one listening of this album, they should be VERY happy. Drummers are too easily dismissed as legitimate muscians and for all the credit due to Mike P. over the years, you just can't help but say "the new guy is pretty good".
The chops from the band are still mesmerizing...long, extended musical journeys with lyrics that are both mystical and earthy...they are from the heart. The melodies and signiture time changes only enhance each piece and at the end there is complete satisfaction. A fine blend of rock solid Prog-Metal and moments of quiet introspection. A well made, well conceived album that delivers satisfaction over the whole album.
The DVD is a nice addition as fans can join the band in their search for the new family member. Yeah, some of it is contrived and feels like one of those popular television searches for talent but the insights provided make it a worthwhile 60 minutes of your life. This is a band who sees that the future can't be predicted but you sure can adapt to it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joel Andrews TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 19 2011
Format: LP Record Verified Purchase
Great new album featuring the new Mike Mangini on drums! He gels perfectly with the band, this album soars symphonically, a great album. On LP you hear a much richer dynamic range, I have been happy to seeing more and more albums being released on LP, and one 180Gram LP too! If you are a DT fan, then this is a must have!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MacFish on Oct. 18 2011
Format: Audio CD
Prog fans everywhere asked the same question; Can Dream Theater continue without the mighty Mike Portnoy? The answer is a resounding, Hell Yeah! DT's latest offering sees the band review what is important to Dream Theater fans, a smathering of styles and textures showcasing four extraordinary musically ambidextrous individuals. Song writing remains strong with the added bonus of an improved mix that leaves room to hear all the members feats of insanity. Chapter two has officially begun for Dream Theater and fans around the world are in for a treat!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CJ on Oct. 15 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
DT is DT. Prog music for prog fans and that did not change with Portnoy's departure nor does it get any better. At least for now. Still over-extended on many levels the DT machine churn out a more rock oriented affair and one that has less of the harsh elements that were maybe present on Train of Thought or Systematic Chaos. This band is always hard to review. You either get it or you don't. And if you don't well then no explanation, praise or begging will probably change your mind. For those in the know, this is still top flight stuff. I found it not as instantly catchy as some other releases though. But I like a grower and keep finding reasons to go back. Which is really the point in the end. Songs Mike Portnoy wished he drummed on: Bridges in the Sky, Build Me Up, Break Me Down, and Outcry which features some ridiculous in-sync playing from Petrucci, Rudess and Myung.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ric on Sept. 24 2011
Format: Audio CD
I have listened to this several times now. I always feel the need to do this with a new DT album.They have been my favourite band since the early 90's and I have been over analysing their music for years! True DT fans know what I mean, we are all very critical and fussy listeners, always expecting the best from them. They are truly a musiciazns band. There was one thing that concerned me when I first listened, it was the recording of this disc. I felt that it was "thinner" than I was used to with a DT album. The drumms and the guitar were not as prominent as I liked. The layers and textures that were usually there in their previous offerings seemed kinda flat. The songs were very good and the lyrics were more in line with their early stuff. Gone was the growling and silly lyrics, replaced by thoughfully and tasetfully written songs. Sure it is a bit more mellow than the last few albums but that is good. It goes back to earlier, more progressive stylings like Images and Awake. I find that it sounds truly clean and pure thru my quality headphones. In this way I can hear much better the sublime moments and appreciate the nuances of the music. Standout songs to me are Outcry, This is The Life and Breaking All Illusions.There is not a single weak song on this outing, it is thoughtfully written and Mangini fills in well for Portnoy. I do NOT agree with those who say this is a rewrite of Images and Words. This is the best album they have made in some years and deserves a good listen thru good headphones to truly appreciate. I can't wait for their next album.They have truly reached new heights once again!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TL on Sept. 23 2011
Format: Audio CD
While I've enjoyed every album the band has released, A Dramatic Turn of Events sees the return of that creative spark that originally made me a fan. This is easily Dream Theater's best album in almost a decade, and is the first since 2002's 'Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence' that really sounds like Dream Theater from start to finish.

There's a diverse range of music, with the band's melodic side shining brighter than it has in a long time. The heavy, light, energetic, and mellow elements are well balanced, and the band just sound very inspired, firing on all cylinders. New drummer Mike Mangini gives an excellent, highly musical performance on every song. Singer James LaBrie gives his best performance since the band's classic Awake album, and bassist John Myung sounds very creatively refreshed. Guitarist John Petrucci is incredible as always, with many memorable moments, and keyboard player Jordan Rudess showcases a very musical sensibility that compliments each piece.

One striking improvement over the last couple albums; where they had great moments, A Dramatic Turn of Events has great song after great song. On the Backs of Angels is a fantastic opener that sets the mood. Build Me Up, Break Me Down shows the band's returned willingness to try new things, and it pays off. Lost Not Forgotten and Bridges In the Sky show that when Dream Theater do heavy well, they do it very well. Both are very natural, and Bridges especially has several moments that you'll want to immediately listen to over and over. This Is the Life is a fantastic mellow piece that still brings the rock, and will no doubt be amazing to see live (as will any of the songs on this album).
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