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Images and Words

Dream Theater Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)
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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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Not since 1980 and Yes's Drama had progressive rock dared to show off quite so unashamedly: Dream Theater's 1992 Images And Words is not so much an album of songs as a series of showcases for instrumental virtuosity. For many listeners that sounds like an instant recipe for disaster, but for die-hard progressive-rockers weaned on the glory days of Rush and Yes, Dream Theater were a shining throwback amid the low-fi wasteland of the 1990s. Images And Words is the kind of album that amateur musicians listen to with a mixture of awe and despair at the effortless display of fretwork pyrotechnics (it's also the kind of album that non-musicians listen to with blank incomprehension at why anyone would bother producing such endless widdly-widdly stuff). If the guitar work of John Petrucci (whose notes-per-second ratio puts Steve Vai to shame) isn't enough, just listen to drummer Mike Portnoy (who clearly models himself physically and emotionally on Animal from The Muppet Show) playing like a demented Neil Peart, thrashing his kit with every ounce of his strength while maintaining utterly baffling 15/8-metre rhythms. But what really makes this album work is that the whole band play together so well: they actually function as a single unit and consequently the music is much more than the sum of a series of individual solos. Production, too, emphasises the democratic balance within the band, giving due prominence to all. And unlike British wimps such as Genesis, you can also file Dream Theater under Heavy Metal, since not only can they out-play any progressive rockers you might care to mention, they can out-thrash Metallica whenever they feel like it, too. A slice of musical Hell, or a marriage made in Heaven, Images and Words doesn't exactly break any new ground, but it's a landmark in the history of progressive rock nevertheless. --Mark Walker

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DREAM THEATER Images & Words (1992 German 8-track CD for the second studio album by the American progressive metal band and the first to feature James LaBrie on vocals. Their most commercially successful studio album to date and considered a landmark release for the progressive metal genre includes the song Pull Me Under which is their the only Top 10 [radio or otherwise] hit. Comes with a fold-out lyric picture sleeve)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 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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3.0 out of 5 stars How can anyone say this is their best?????? April 28 2004
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Still "just okay" after all these years April 23 2004
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty with Metal? Yes, It's Possible! April 10 2004
By Austin
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get any better than this Nov. 13 2003
By John
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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By Dan
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars What hasn't been said yet? 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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2.0 out of 5 stars Excessive technical showmanship 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential DT
The holidays 2006. I've recently heard about Dream Theater and I want one of their albums, but which one? Read more
Published on Oct. 10 2007 by Sebulba
5.0 out of 5 stars Dream Theater Images and Words is a masterpiece
14 years ago, I purchased Dream Theater's debut album, Images and Words after reading a review in a metal magazine called Meat. Read more
Published on July 22 2006 by Vader
5.0 out of 5 stars Dream Theater newbie!
So glad I took the advice of all the devoted DT fans who recommended this cd. I'm not really a prog rock fan, but one listen to the samples convinced me to buy this cd. Read more
Published on June 18 2005 by Aero Drive
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Prog/Metal
If your looking for lyrical content, emotion, or catchy predictable riffing this is not the place to look. Read more
Published on Dec 9 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Save your money. Buy condoms instead!
This is thrash metal garbage not prog rock. Terrible lyrics! These guys are like Styx and Metallica banding together and making music, but not being able to make up their minds... Read more
Published on Nov. 2 2004 by "gmorgan65"
1.0 out of 5 stars Buy condoms instead!!!
I read that this was a modern prog band.WRONG!!!!!!!This is a Styx crossed with Metallica contraption. Terrible lyrics. Probably the worse album I have ever heard. Read more
Published on Nov. 1 2004 by "gmorgan65"
5.0 out of 5 stars The Production Value Is Superb
Indeed, this probably isn't Dream Theater's best CD, from a mechanical standpoint anyways, although, if not, it's fairly close to the best. Read more
Published on July 1 2004 by The_Great_Southern_TrendkiLL
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid debut that has its moments
This is NOT Dream Theater's best album. I rely on the Prog People of the universe for some reasoning and understanding when there are endless seas of the Teeny Bopper People to be... Read more
Published on May 18 2004 by D. Rausch
4.0 out of 5 stars Overrated, but still a classic
Images & Words is the first Dream Theater album with James LaBrie, the singer that has since worked very well for the band. Many fans still regard this as DT's best album. Read more
Published on May 5 2004 by Justin Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, but this is a good album
Considered by many to be Dream Theater's greatest release, which is quite a statement given the extremely high quality of the rest of their discography. Read more
Published on May 4 2004 by Dr. Corndog
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