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  • Audio CD (Nov. 11 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra Entertain.
  • ASIN: B0000CDLA7
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 564 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,016 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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.

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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Well lets start off by saying that this was a total surprise. I had little err that wrong I had NO experience with Dream Theater before buying this disc and upon placing this into the CD player I was extremely shocked and gratefully surprised at what I had coming back at me from the speakers...WOW, Hard rock, maybe metal if you want to stretch it a bit but in every description of the band it was enough for me to go back to the archives and look up all the other material and put it in my Wish List. I do not listen to the usual hard rock bands that most enjoy but these guys simply have that extra little edge. It goes far beyond the great cover art, it covers more than the super bass lines, and the guitar supremacy that you hear here and is missing in so many other Heavy Rock bands. It is the Synergy of all the parts working together equally and beyond the usual vein that is so often taken as good but which in in reality is just simply what people have got used to. Dream Theater stretch themselves and work for their head lines unlike most who simply expect them and THAT is what I like the most...Spigomars
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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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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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OK, folks... As a new DT fan, I don't have the history of following the band through all of their ups and downs, micro-analyzing every note, kick-drum and power chord. In fact, I just, in the past 2 weeks have become keenly aware of DT and I really like what I hear! However, these are musicians, not gods. And, as musicans, it's their job to tell it like it is for us, their audience. On ToT, DT does that, in spades. I own IAW and SFAM and now ToT, and very MUCH like the musical maturity that DT is displaying here. Let's be honest... IAW, while a very laudable first "major" release, was basically Queensryche and Slaughter done VERY well! It rocked! SFAM was absolutely BRILLIANT!! Prog metal at it's finest! Now, ToT explores a leaner, meaner sound. I, too, wondered where the keys went to, but, they're there, adding just the right touch to temper the buzz-saw of the guitars. Drums... well, I think are a tad over-played, but not to distraction. Bass, John keeps the low end just right, holding it all together. Now, that's the music. Here's the message: pain, loss, grief, disappointment, addiction. Anybody get that, but me? This is a very angry and hurt album. Typical prog doesn't work with this message. I think that the "uber-heaviness" is appropriate for dealing with these topics. Look below the surface, folks. This isn't a nice tidy concept album. This is, as I agree that one reviewer posted, what Metallica's "St. Anger" should have been but WAY wasn't. I'm not going to nit-pick the songs. It's been done here.But, suffice it to say, that DT has grown up, are now facing their own demons and letting us in on the process. That's what we pay them for. If you want to hear IAW or SFAM, get out those discs and play them. But, this is a terrific album.
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