|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|
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
I admit to being late in the game, coming to this Cd just in the past month... but my favorite Prog bands have always been Flower Kings, Glass Hammer and legendary groups like Yes, King Crimson and Frank Zappa/Kansas... but this group, this Cd really establishes a new classic, much in the same way Yes did with Close to the Edge.
The musicians in this band, could I feel, been a part of Zappa's band if he was alive, they are THAT good.
No, I am not over stating this Cd. It is that good. It is full of majestic power and excellent skill in songwriting and imagery.
If you can appriciate progressive music, in any sense of the word, in any broad definition that the word itself suggests, then this Cd will make you smile, and the smile should last a long time.