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|2. Overture 1928|
|3. Strange Deja Vu|
|4. Through My Words|
|5. Fatal Tragedy|
|6. Beyond This Life|
|7. Through Her Eyes|
|9. The Dance Of Eternity|
|10. One Last Time|
|11. The Spirit Carries On|
|12. Finally Free|
Scenes From A Memory is Dream Theater's first studio album in two years and the epic masterpiece fans have been waiting for. This album features a special, tantalizing focus that die-hard fans have been demanding for years. Scenes From A Memory shows the band to be in top form, wrapping their superb musicianship around a set of smart, accessible, solidly crafted rock.
There's always been an element of slightly camp theatricality about progressive rock--witness Peter Gabriel dressing up as a giant hogweed--so the idea of a progressive musical isn't too much of a stretch. Dream Theater's Metropolis Pt 2: Scenes from a Memory takes the progressive rock staple of a concept album in a stagy new direction. You know they're up to something when the booklet divides the album into "Act One" and "Act Two", the lyrics are told from the point of view of a cast of characters, and the band credit themselves as "The Orchestra". In the hands of almost anyone else this would seem risibly pretentious, but Dream Theater somehow manage to carry it off (just) by virtue of their uniquely heavy metal slant on the old progressive format. Their blistering, even-louder-than-Metallica riffing takes the dainty edge off the proceedings (most of the time) as the story of dying and "learning to live" unfolds.
Both their fans and the band seem to agree that 1992's Images and Words is their finest work to date, so it's only fitting that the plot here is an extension of the track "Metropolis, Part 1" from that album. The extraordinary virtuoso musicianship of the band is, of course, abundantly on display again (amateurs can only shake their heads in despair when players this good let rip), and James LaBrie sings all the "roles" with real gusto. With a new keyboard player to fill the talent gap left by the departure of Kevin Moore, and studio production that rightly gives all the individual instruments their due, Dream Theater seem finally to have found their musical feet again. --Mark Walker
Reviewing for Vinyl - Vinyl is very clean, no discolouring or crackling, popping when listening. absolutely quite between songs. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dave Dubreuil
All good! Met expectations as advertised such as disk quality and delivered within the time promised. Price was much than commercial store costsPublished 17 months ago by S. McDonald
this album is amazing. I can't imagine going without it. The songs that aren't metal are perfectly timed and long enough to enjoy without cutting into the metal experience.Published on Dec 14 2012 by the-metal
One of my favorite albums of all time! Everything about this album from the concept to the lyrics to the amazing level of musicianship is just mindblowingPublished on Oct. 16 2012 by dmstewart
Amazing CD, one of Dream Theater's best albums. Couldn't find this one in store at like HMV and other places, so I decided to get it through Amazon, and they were awesome. Read morePublished on Sept. 8 2012 by Cameron Naraine
I really like this album! Best of DT!
You have to sit on a chair and listen the whole album. No pause, no stop.
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It is one of the most inspired albums of DT, much better than a lot of their more recent works, which tend to sound like soapy Hollywood drama music at times (some songs on... Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2010 by Sebastien Clement
OMG THIS IS T3H WORST CD EVER!!! IT SOUNDED NOTHING LIKE THE BACKSTREET BOYS OR JUSIIN TIMBERLAKE. omggg!!! WOWWW!!! I LOVE HIM IN MY PANTS! Read morePublished on June 6 2005 by omgomg
I know many of you think this is the greatest album in the world, but don't stop reading yet. I have been waiting a long time so that I could put my feelings appropriately into... Read morePublished on July 17 2004 by Mike