Dream Theater - albums

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Images and Words

If you are a Rush fan, you will almost certainly like this group. There is a good bit of everything: vocals, guitar, bass, and keyboards. The lyrics are conceptual and deep, and the music does match up well with the lyrical grandeur. This contains the MTV hit Pull me Under.

A Change of Seasons

There's only one original Dream Theater song in A Change of Seasons, and that's the title track. The rest of the album is composed of covers, and at moments Dream Theater show how versatile a band they are, and at times they fail valiantly. The title track is typical Dream Theater: it is 23 minutes long and has some great vocal and guitar work. The first cover is a medley of two songs by Elton John: Funeral for a Friend and Love Lies Bleeding. I don't think they should try to cover Elton John again. The next cover, Deep Purple's Perfect Strangers is more promising: James LaBrie's vocals are powerful, and the keyboard playing of Derek Sherinian rivals that of Jon Lord's, but the guitar work (by John Petrucci) lacks the Blackmore passion. The next cover is a medley of three Led Zeppelin songs, The Rover, Achilles Last Stand, and The Song Remains the Same. The band does a pretty decent job on these covers, capturing all the high points in the original tunes. The best track on the album is The Big Medley, which features of medley of In the Flesh? (originally by Pink Floyd), Carry on Wayward Son (Kansas), Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen), Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin' (Journey), Cruise Control (Dixie Dregs), and Turn it on Again (Genesis). Here, the band at each section of the medley could easily be mistaken for the individual groups they are paying tribute to. This is a great album to get if you're a fan of any of the bands covered, even if you're not familiar with Dream Theater.

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