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Metropolis Pt 2: Scenes From A Memory

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 26 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra Entertain.
  • ASIN: B000021XS0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 567 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,518 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Regression
2. Overture 1928
3. Strange Deja Vu
4. Through My Words
5. Fatal Tragedy
6. Beyond This Life
7. Through Her Eyes
8. Home
9. The Dance Of Eternity
10. One Last Time
11. The Spirit Carries On
12. Finally Free

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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

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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. Album came in pretty quickly (quicker than what I expected, only like 5-6 days after ordering) and was in great condition. Had no problems with it. Highly highly highly recommend Metropolis Pt.2 for any progressive rock/metal fans!
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I got into DT from Metropolis Part 1: The Miracle and the Sleeper, off Images and Words, and loved it. I got Scenes from a Memory, and it has surpassed all my expectations. Dream Theater is one of those bands that grows on you a lot, and even though i only liked a few songs at first, you gradually begin to think, "Why didnt I like this before!" Definitely what the other reviewers have said is true, this album is phenomenal. I will do a song-by-song review, but i must stress that you listen to the album in FULL, as that is the way to experience its full greatness.I am trying to be as subjective as possible...
Regression (N/A)): Yes, it needs to be done, the introduction to the story, but this is just the intro so even though its not special, it does give a somewhat direct introduction into what has happened. I do not really count this as a track...
Overture 1928 (10/10): A great instrumental! This song contains fragments of the other songs on the cd, and combines them flawlessly. (And this is great to play on guitar)
Strange Deja Vu (9/10): A fantastic song, which is one of my favorites on the cd.
Through my Words/Fatal Tragedy (9/10): A great song, with some good guitar by Pettruci...
Beyond this life (8/10): A heavier song, but the vocals arent great, the drums at the the start aren't my style, but its a good song nontheless...
Through her eyes (7.5/10): Dont get me wrong, its a good song, but not in comparison to the others on this cd.
Home (10/10): Wow, Petrucci opens with a great wah-wah riff, and into great licks throughout the song. It's in an exotic mode, and even though it's near 13 minutes long, it goes by amazingly quickly.
The Dance of Eternity (9/10): A brilliant instrumental, finally we can see John Myung's skill on bass.
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I got into Dream Theater around 6 months ago and I have to admit I had never heard such musical talent in a rock band until I discovered DT. The first Dream Theater CD I listened to was 'Images and Words', which is also excellent. Then after reading some reviews (I even read the 4-star review from AMG - which IMHO doesn't really describe the greatness of this CD), I decided to purchase 'Scenes From A Memory.' When I first listened to this album I was blown away specially by two songs: 'Fatal Tragedy' and 'Beyond This Life'.
Then after listening to it for a couple more times I started to grasp the whole picture behind such wonderful music in the entire CD. I admit almost every time I listen to this CD I notice tears in my eyes. The reason is the raw emotion that comes out of this CD. I would say it's the combination of the tragic love story and music that is meant to touch on different emotions. This is not black and white rock. This is a colorful rainbow of notes, chords, words, feelings. Just listen to 'The Spirit Carries On'. The message, yes, the message, and the music that accompanies it as well as La Brie's emotional vocal delivery and Petrucci's heart-wrenching solo.
This is easily a tear jerker, but not a cheap one shed when watching an empty romantic story. This is a hymn to life and hope. The final song, 'Finally Free', is a perfect conclusion for the album. Emotion, emotion and more emotion... and beautiful and intelligent music.
Now listen to 'The Dance of Eternity'. Who could imagine we would ever listen to rock music this advanced in harmony, rythm, complexity, and boldness? Your jaw will drop after you listen to this piece. You will wonder how the band members achieved this. But the news is: No tricks here.
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The whole concept about this album is very interesting. The opener takes you in a new world where everything seems to be just perfect! Very slow, awesome vocals, it's like James Labrie manages to hypnotize you or something.
Then it kicks in "Overture 1928", this song shows how talented the band really is, everything single note is at its place! Dream Theater knows what they're doing, they didn't take all those music classes for nothing eh?
Now comes "Strange Deja Vu", this song is full of surprises, it's like you never know what's gonna happen! Very brilliant! The way it slows down for the chorus. Gotta love it!
"Through my Words" is an intro for "Fatal Tragedy", again you can hear a lot of progessive elements. A great song if you ask me! Great keyboard / Guitar combos!
"Beyond This Life" is an 11 mins song, this one starts kinda fast, and then gets a bit slower for a couple of mins(but not boring!), and then speeds up again! Well done!
Time for the first slow song "Through Her Eyes", Well let's say that this one still managed to impress me. Great song if you want something to relax!
Time for one of the best song on the album, "Home", WOW! This one is kinda influenced by Egyptian music or something. Starts kinda slow and confusing, and then out of nowhere you start hearing Petrucci's guitar, simply amazing! I'd recommend you listen to this song first, if you wanna hear what they're capable of!
"Dance of Eternity" is an instrumental song, it shows how great these musicians really are. They know how to play their stuff trust me!
Time for the 2nd slower song "One Last Time", this one is a bit faster than the first one though, Well done here again!
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