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Elements of Persuasion Extra tracks, Import


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  • Audio CD (July 4, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B0009YNRCU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,184,366 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Crucify
2. Alone
3. Freak
4. Invisible
5. Lost
6. Undecided
7. Smashed
8. Pretender
9. Slightly Out Of Reach
10. Oblivious
11. In Too Deep
12. Drained
13. Understand (Bonus Track)

Editorial Reviews

Asian exclusive! Debut solo album from Dream Theater's vocalist. Includes one bonus track 'Understand'. Evolution. 2005.

Customer Reviews

If you are a fan of Mr. Labrie with Dream Theater do not let this album pass you by.
Underground Reborn
He plays fluid guitar lines that are occasionally replaced by intricate heavy rhythms, as on "Crucify" -- the riff in the intro is 100% thrash metal and is excellent.
Murat Batmaz
The musicians that he has working with him on this album all sound really good and appear to have contributed to both its performance and also to its writing.
Tyree

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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful By The Ever Present Matt on March 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Wow, 2005 has been an absolutely amazing year so far for the prog/power metal scene! Having recently been blown away by Kamelot's latest, The Black Halo, the benchmark was set pretty high for me as far as anything topping it. After several listens, I'd definitely put James LaBrie's latest at the same level as that amazing album! If you are a fan of the heavier side of Dream Theater, you absolutely NEED to pick up this album and I mean immediately! Although this is, for the most part, the same core band as the two Mullmuzzler projects with the addition of Italian newcomer Marco Sfogli on guitar, the difference between this album and the Mullmuzzler albums is absolutely night and day. Elements of Persuasion is by far LaBrie's best solo work to date and the first of which I would say easily stands comparison to even the best Dream Theater albums. The biggest (and quite welcome in my book) surprise on this one is that the album is so heavy throughout, there are parts that make even Dream Theater's recent shredfest Train of Thought sound tame. The sound in general has been updated with much more of an electronica element to both guitar and keyboards (without sounding overly "nu-metal" to me) and LaBrie and keyboardist Matt Guillory are well deserving of high accolades for a simply amazing job with production (LaBrie's former Winter Rose bandmate Richard Chycki also mixed the album), which is crystal clear and perfect for the electro-metal infusion that permeates this disk. The biggest complaint I had with most of Magna Carta's catalog is that the production in general of their albums sounded rather muddy to me and could have been vastly improved. The clean production here is about as close to perfection as anyone could ask.Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Murat Batmaz on March 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Elements of Persuasion is James Labrie's third solo effort. It builds upon his first two solo albums released under the Mullmuzzler moniker, taking some of the heaviness from Labrie's recent contributions to other bands including Tim Donahue's Madmen & Sinners and Ayreon's The Human Equation. However, this release is certainly his most experimental in terms of songwriting; it has a very heavy approach and varied musicality.

Labrie's former band members, Matt Guillory on keyboards and Bryan Beller on bass, are supported by a newcomer: Italian guitarist Marco Sfogli. This guy is an amazing talent, whose style is a cross between Andy Timmons' melodic and versatile side with John Petrucci's virtuosic moments. Originally, Labrie and Guillory wanted Andy Timmons to play on Elements of Persuasion, but things didn't work out. Enter Sfogli. I loved both Mike Keneally and Mike Borkosky's work on the first two Mullmuzzler CDs, but I must say Sfogli really brings something new to Labrie's solo material. He plays fluid guitar lines that are occasionally replaced by intricate heavy rhythms, as on "Crucify" -- the riff in the intro is 100% thrash metal and is excellent. His playing lends itself to various styles ranging from rock to thrash to funk to blues. The guitar work on "Lost" recalls fusion, whilst Sfogli shreds his heart out on songs like "Undecided" or "Slightly Out of Reach". There is a great musicality to his playing, which works perfectly within the context of the songs.

Matt Guillory co-wrote almost the whole album with James Labrie, but this time his influence is much more prevalent than before. Besides pulling impossible sounds from his broad musical palette, he also experiments with new ideas.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. Crowson on March 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is quite simply an amazing album and if it was released under the Dream Theater moniker i wouldn't have been disappoited!

I've been a huge fan of DT since i first heard 'Images...' and have heard virtually all of their side projects. This album quite simply ranks up there with any of their strongest group or individual projects. Imagine mixing the heavy guitar riffs and vocals of Train of Thought with the shorter song structures (and keyboard arrangements) of Evanescene's Fallen album and you're pretty much there. A few of the songs could also have passed under the Mullmuzzler moniker, but essentially James has moved on in a heavier and darker direction.

I adore this album after only a few listens. But then again i loved Train of Thought, Tim Donohue's Madmen & Sinners, as well as those short and catchy Evanescence songs at times (mainly due to Amy's voice though!). So combine all those three elements and you've pretty much given me a perfect album. If you imagine this album as a user-friendly and nu-metal sounding DT then you won't be disappointed. Glad to see that James doesn't necessarily need to rely on Portnoy and Petrucci to kick ass - he's definitely served up a pretty brutal effort here.

Totally awesome - so respect due from this fan of the 'heavier' end of the progressive metal spectrum!!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Martin Coburn on March 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Wow was I surprised by this. If you're a fan of Labrie's voice, it really shines on this as always, but I was floored by how heavy this album is (with the exception of a few tracks). Honestly I was not a huge fan of his Mullmuzzler albums, in that aside from James' voice, I thought a lot of the music was pretty forgettable. This is NOT the case with this album at all. This is an extremely solid effort and I agree with the review above that says this is among the best work James has done in the context of solo, side projects or Dream Theater. A bit different from DT, (not really proggy at all) but it does feel like a continuation of the heavier vein of Train Of Thought, again with the exception of a few tracks which are still very good.

In short, my expectations were blown away by Elements of Persuasion, easily the best of James' solo efforts. The new guitar player is very good. Songwriting is not prone to prog excess which would bog these songs down too much. The entire band seems tight and quite honestly is more solid and memorable than I was expecting out of a Labrie solo album. This will be in my heavy rotation until the new Porcupine Tree disc and beyond. Probably the best album I've bought in the new year so far and I buy 3-4 a week usually.
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