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Train Of Thought

Dream Theater Audio CD
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1. As I Am
2. This Dying Soul
3. Endless Sacrifice
4. Honor Thy Father
5. Vacant
6. Stream Of Consciousness
7. In The Name Of God

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With commendable dedication to duty, very little has changed in the peripheral progressive-metal world of Long Island's Dream Theater, but times surely have. Thus, while Train of Thought, the band's eighth studio album since debuting with 1989's When Dream and Day Unite can hardly be categorised as a stylistic derailment from the combo's grandiose gameplan, it is a record likely to be greeted with rather more of a cordial reception in these muso-friendly times. Afterall, while progressive rock is never going to be as fashionable again as it was in the good old days of Tarkus and Uncle Rick Wakeman, the classical rock bombast of Muse and the hysterical heavy-metal immodesty of the Darkness has thrown a commercial lifebelt to prog rock's more twiddly practioners. To this end, it's hard not to be seduced by the 11 minutes of "This Dying Soul", which at times comes across as a rap-metal version of Richie Blackmore's Rainbow with a piano solo in the middle, or the similarly lengthy and wholly instrumental "Stream of Consciousness" (perhaps a posh way of saying "jam session"), a sonic joust between John Petrucci's screeching fretwork and Jordan Rudess's antique synths. Wholly American in its self-awareness--lyrics about religious fundamentalism and getting along with the family just wouldn't sound right coming from a band domiciled in Weston-super-Mare--Train of Thought might just find a whole new wave of music fans waking up to the existence of "Dream Theater. --Kevin Maidment

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Dream Theater has maintained a rare combination of stellar musicianship and unwavering passion for over a decade, selling millions of albums and filling concert venues worldwide. The band once again confirms its status as progressive hard rock's standard-bearers on their latest studio epic.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Metal Album of all time Dec 28 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is the best Dream Theater album IMO along side Six degrees of Inner Turbulence.

Every song on both albums is DT's best, although the editing is a little weak in spots. This never really kills the songs, though it is hard to miss the feeling that the solo on Endless Sacrifice could be about 30 seconds shorter, and Stream of Consiousness is about twice the length it should be.

Otherwise, James is at his best here. Anyone who snubs the mans singing should recognize that the vocals are written in the lower register here. james blew out his upper register a long time ago, and though it is coming back, he has taken steps to correct this problem.

The songs are all crunchingly hard here, as opposed to the lighter style of Six Degrees. Vacant however, is a tear jerking ballad, though I prefer the longer version. Also, if you look for them, you will find that there are alternate takes to:

This Darking Soul (Alt version is 8 minutes long)

Endless Sacrifice (Alt version is 9:30 long) and

Vacant (Alt version is a little over 6 minutes)

All three of these alternate takes are superior to the current album versions IMO, and you should seek them out. Throw them into your collection along side the existing 7 songs, and you will understand why I say this is the best Metal album of all time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the top 4 DT albums Oct. 9 2007
By Sebulba
Format:Audio CD
Along with Scenes From a Memory, Octavarium and Images and Words, Train of Thought is my favorite Dream Theater Album. I always find a breakdown of the tracks to be the best form of review, so here goes.

As I Am (10/10)
Great opener. Love the lyrics, they're great fun to sing along to. One of my top DT songs of all time.

This Dying Soul (9/10)
Super heavy. Really catchy chorus that gets sampled in The Root Of All Evil on Octavarium. Although 5 of the 7 songs are over 10min. long, this one is the second longest at 11:27.

Endless Sacrifice (10/10)
My favorite song on the album. I love the slow bits, they're very beautiful, the piano especially during the second verse. Great catchy chorus and very engaging instrumental bit.

Honor Thy Father (9/10)
Another super heavy one. Great to headbang to, and the drum fill at the beginning is epic. the speaking parts around the middle is a bit annoying but all in all great lyrics again. DON'T CROSS THE CROOKED STEP!

Vacant (8/10)
It's a quick break from the good stuff. A nice short little piece with JLB being accompanied by a cello I think and piano.

Stream Of Conciousness (8/10)
The big instrumental from this album. It's a bit too long for an instrumental I think. still catchy though. I love the piano parts 4 or so minutes in.

In The Name Of God (7.5/10)
The longest track on the album at 14 minutes in length. I think it's a few minutes too long. It does its job as a pretty good closer to the album though. Thought provoking lyrics.

Total: 61.5/70 = 87.9%

The last three tracks don't hold up with the first four. But those four are worth the albums price on their own anyways. Definatly their heaviest album and if you're into that kind of music this ones perfect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best album ever July 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
I love it this album all its entirety is so DAMN good i really recomend you to buy it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Latest album is latest progression July 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
Prog Metal/Rock...whatever you maybe call this group means a lot of things. Sure some of these songs are heavier then awake, but some songs just dig right into you and hang onto you and never let go. Songs like Vacancy is surprising since its only Keyboard + Bass + Cello along with Labrie creating the lyrics to the song. Then afterwards it goes right into Streams of Consiousness...the real treat of this album.
The style reminds me of Etopimania...Right after the instrumental comes the vocal parts...whew just too intense...
People that call this album Nu-metal...please review what Nu-metal means before ever criticising this album. Just because two songs have some sort of rap-like vocals in it does NOT mean the entire album is nu-metal.
Look up the definition of Nu-metal before ever going into a tirade of how terrible it is. Ok thx...and I can't review much because the damn spotlight reviews basically took lots of my words >.<
Over and out...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grew on me... July 11 2004
By opy666
Format:Audio CD
When I first got this album I thought it was OK, but nothing special. I listened to it a few times and then put it away. I just pulled it out again a couple weeks ago and WOW...all of the sudden it ROCKED!! I have no idea why it suddenly appeals to me so much, but I really enjoyed it when I played it this time. I enjoyed it so much that I went out and bought "Images ans Words" due to the good reviews of that album and I was NOT disappointed - that CD is AMAZING!! My favorite bands are Opeth, Pink Floyd, In Flames, The Cure, Hypocrisy, Katatonia, Into Eternity, Porcupine Tree and Tool, so if you have similar interests you might like Dream Theater.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably Dream Theater's Best July 5 2004
By Mike
Format:Audio CD
This was the first album from Dream Theater that I bought. I had heard that John Petrucci was an amazing guitarist who never fails to include a lengthy and incredible solo. You see I had just bought Contraband by Velvet Revolver, and while it was a very good album, Slash (who when he is given something to work with is just as good as Petrucci) only has two good solos. Train of Thought was kind of misleading because the sound featured on here is nothing like their big albums "Images & Words" and "Metropolis Pt. 2." This album is has a dark, heavy sound and Petrucci's rhythym guitar work sounds similar to Korn, Limp Bizkit, and System of a Down, but unlike those bands, this music is never noise but is impressive throughout.
1. As I Am 10/10- The radio single from the CD never received any airtime. A quiet intro gets louder and goes into LaBrie's pounding lyrics. "From the doubtful I demand, TAKE ME AS I AM!" is the highlight of this song, but has good performances by the entire band.
2. This Dying Soul 9/10- Over 11:00 long, never gets boring. Has a long band jam that features many solos by both Rudess and Petrucci. The only problem is that the song sounds more like two or three songs because there are no smooth transitions between solos.
3. Endless Sacrifice 10/10- Another song over 11:00 long, but has another lengthy instrumental section with a great playing by Petrucci and Portnoy, but Rudess shows how amazing he is with his keyboard work.
4. Honor Thy Father 6/10- Has a sound like Korn or Limp Bizkit with rap-like lyrics and guitar solos that are more noise than pleasure. Portnoy and Myung help this song and make it somewhat worthwhile.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Train of Thought
If Metallica, Van Halen, and Jethro Tull got together to jam, this is what it would sound like. The focus is definitely on the virtuoso musicianship. Read more
Published on July 18 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars HUGE Dissapointment!
Oh man, oh MAN! What the HELL happened in this recording session?! When Dream Theater released 'Images and Words,' it changed my life and virtually every recording up to this... Read more
Published on July 13 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars No big deal
If you wanna listen virtuoso musicians than can WRITE SONGS instead of indulging themselves, listen RUSH. Skip Dream Theater.
Published on July 11 2004 by PATHERSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Take a ride on this Train Of Thought.....
Is there anything left to say about this album? It's great!
Although my personal favorite still remains SFAM, this album is a breath of fresh air. Read more
Published on June 29 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy and brutal (dream theater on steroids)
To me, this is their best album. Now, I know a lot of people won't agree with me on this because they liked their more progressive sides. Read more
Published on June 28 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Prog-Metal albums of all time!!!
Well I have listened to this album many times and all I could say is "WOW". It is one of the best Prog-Metal albums ever and also one of the heaviest. Read more
Published on June 27 2004 by LEE
5.0 out of 5 stars Live says it all
If you are a Dream Theater fan, the live Train of Thought tour should be all you need to know this album is one of the bands best.
Published on June 27 2004 by Michael Music
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