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Images and Words


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  • Audio CD (July 14 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atco
  • ASIN: B000002JPA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,109 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pull Me Under
2. Another Day
3. Take The Time
4. Surrounded
5. Metropolis- Part 1 'The Miracle And The Sleeper'
6. Under A Glass Moon
7. Wait For Sleep
8. Learning To Live


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By Postatio on March 29 2013
Format: LP Record Verified Purchase
Amazing!!! But i expected nothing less from one of my favorite bands. I know some people don't like how bands sounds change of time and want them to stay the same. I am not a picky man, as long as what you produced entertains and enlightens my day you have succeeded.
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Format: Audio CD
This is definately not Dream Theaters best album. I'm tired of hearing people say they dont like dream theater because someone suggested I&W as their best album. Dont get me wrong this is a decent album,take the time i like cuz it has some catchy riffs and Metropolis 1 is one of the greatest songs thy're ever made.
If you want to hear a good DT album get any of their latest 4 (i'm still not totally familiar with a change of seasons and have heard 2 songs from awake)
To put it blunt,if you're new to DT this isn't for you (nor is their lengthy more complex stuff,it usually takes people awhile to get used to it),none the less a good album,but still a little too early 90s for me (especially Another Day).
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Format: Audio CD
A couple years ago, I started hearing a lot about this band through word of mouth. I was really into prog-rock and metal when I was younger so I bought Images and Words out of curiosity. The first time I listened to it, I was incredibly disappointed. Songs and vocals sounded cheesy. Instruments were wanky. The thrash metal riffs sounded dated. Over the years, I've listened to the album many times (mostly because I was trying to learn how to play the songs) and while I've grown more accustomed to their sound, I still don't particularly care for this album (or any of DT's other albums). There aren't any songs that I really hate. All of them are okay. I can almost enjoy Pull Me Under. Under a Glass Moon has an exciting, inventive guitar solo. If you're into this sort of thing, you'll probably love this album like all of the other reviewers. If you're not, Images and Words probably won't change your mind.
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It is not often that you can listen through an album without having to skip some filler songs along the way. Well, Images and Words is a gem. Kevin Moore is a keyboard wonder along with LaBrie(vocals), Petrucci(guitars),Myung(bass), and the drum master Mike Portnoy. I love everything from the heavy "Pull Me Under," to the soft "Wait for Sleep." Each song is played with crispness. Though this was released in the 90's it is actually great. Mainstream music these days is sloppy and not thought out. I am glad that these muscians actually care about quality.
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Format: Audio CD
This is one of my all time favorites.
Not only is this perhaps the best DT album musically, but I think that LaBrie's vocals on Images & Words are easily the best he has ever done.
The stand out tracks are Take the Time, Surrounded, Metropolis Pt. 1, and Learning to Live.
The guitar work is amazing, how Petrucci reproduces the complexity of any of these songs live is beyond me.
If you are looking for a great prog metal CD that will never get old, this is the perfect choice.
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Dream Theater are without doubt a fine and talented group of musicians and certainly do justice to the "progressive metal genre". I have only heard 'Falling into Infinity' and 'Images and Words' and my opinion may appear to be slightly ignorant, but I can't help but hear poorly inspired bits of Metallica, Van Halen, Joe Satriani, Faith No More, and to a lesser degree Rush, Saga and even Pink Floyd with the intro to "Metropolis", although Dream Theater's lyrics seem to be slightly more positive than Floyd. I think it's fine to be influenced by these artists and there may be more that I have not picked up on, but I bought these two CDs on recommendation by a friend and am sad to say it's not what I expected. I guess after 20 years of listening to bands like Yes, Rush, King Crimson, Saga, Primus & The Police I was expecting colours and textures in the soundscapes, memorable melodies, and originality and innovation in the music. What you get is annoying keyboard runs with over drawn staccato and syncopation in the movements. I don't mind a bit of SELF INDULGENCE but tone it down a little, give it a groove & make it exciting to listen to. Dream Theater may be a powerhouse of musicianship especially with Mike Portnay and John Petrucci and whilst some parts of this album grew on me, there are just too many bland metal guitar riffs and hair metal vocals that makes it too BORING & inconsistent to fully enjoy. Other highlights for me included "Another Day", "Surrounded" and "Wait for Sleep" . 'Images and Words'has a great production sound with lots of dynamics in it's instrumentation but offers nothing new except for individuality from mainstream metal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BurningFate on July 12 2004
Format: Audio CD
Everyone already took the words and reviews from my mouth so I might as well just give it my 5 stars and just say
I have successfully converted people to becoming Dream Theater fans with this CD. Its an excellent cd to begin people with.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lance Boyle on Jan. 22 2004
Format: Audio CD
After reading most of these reviews, I decided that the view of a non-fan might be more helpful to those who are not already familiar with this band.
I was introduced to Dream Theater by an ex-girlfriend who, like the band, is classicaly trained herself.
As she would play particular tracks of various records, she would explain to me why certain solos or certain arrangements were particularly amazing. But with every listen, I would just get frustrated at the overall blandness of the music.
There is no doubt that these musicians are virtuoso players. With the exception of their lead singer, whose singing style I find forced and reminiscent of 80's big hair hard rock, I have great respect for these guys as technicians. One listen of just about any one of their songs is ample proof of their note mastery.
Ultimately, though, the sum of their parts is far less than the whole.
Listen to each instrument individually and you're left with your mouth open. But as songs, they just don't click; they lack the cohesion and feeling that make a song work as a song, and not as a technical exercise with lyrics. It sounds like each instrumentalist is just trying to one-up each other, with more speed more notes and more scales. Czerny would be proud.
It's not that their music is awful, there are a couple of songs here and there that I liked. But not enough to ever buy any of their records. Their music lacks feeling and soul.
For those of you into prog-rock, you've probably already heard of Dream Theater and are familiar with their music. If you are an academic looking for obscure arrangements, this might work for you as well.
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