Images and Words
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Certified gold by the RIAA (2/95).
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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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.Read more ›
So, I guarantee that the description of the page corresponds with the product you get if you buy it ( I miss this kind of comments the most of times in many of the products).
I thought that I wouldn't be able to get one of the 1500 black vinyl copies worldwide. But, I was obviously wrong. My copy number is 821/2000 (the first 500 copies were made on orange vinyl).
Thanks to Amazon Canada, I've got my copy for great price, great delivery and great Cusomer Service.
I really appreciate their kindly attetion to me.
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Pull Me Under(9/10)
I usually skipped this one when i first got this cd but it's definatly grown on me since i heard it on the Budokan dvd for some reason. It's totally awesome.
One of the best slow ones they've ever written. The alto sax propels this song into the top 10 DT songs ever. James' vocals are unreal. I haven't heard a great live version of this one yet. It seems like LaBrie can't even sing this one perfectly on stage.
Take The Time(10/10)
My favorite from the album. Possibly the heaviest one, too. The lyrics are totally great as well.
The beginning sounds a bit cheezy these days and this ones possibly my least favorite from the album.
Metropolis, Pt. 1: The Miracle and the Sleeper(9/10)
This ones great. Without this song we might never have had the pleasure of listening to the Scenes From A Memory album.
Under A Glass Moon(10/10)
Second favorite from this album. The beginning is epic, so is JP's solo. super catchy chorus. JLB's vocals are amazing.
Wait For Sleep(8/10)
A nice, slow little ballad. Easily the shortest song on the cd. It serves its purpose of giving us a breather, preparing us for the last track.
Learning To Live(9/10)
great closer. classic DT from the first note. James' vocals go without saying here, they are amazing.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Dream Theater - Images and Words - Vinyl edition. Being one of my favorite albums from this band, I was excited to find it on vinyl. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Joel Andrews
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. Read morePublished on March 29 2013 by Postatio
14 years ago, I purchased Dream Theater's debut album, Images and Words after reading a review in a metal magazine called Meat. Read morePublished on July 22 2006 by Jason Hutton
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 morePublished on June 18 2005 by Aero Drive
If your looking for lyrical content, emotion, or catchy predictable riffing this is not the place to look. Read morePublished on Dec 9 2004
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 morePublished on Nov. 2 2004
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 morePublished on Nov. 1 2004
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... Read more