Train Of Thought
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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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Most recent customer reviews
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... Read more
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 morePublished on July 18 2004
I love it this album all its entirety is so DAMN good i really recomend you to buy itPublished on July 16 2004 by Alejandro D Loreto
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 morePublished on July 13 2004
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... Read morePublished on July 12 2004 by BurningFate
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
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. Read morePublished on July 10 2004 by opy666