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Metropolis Part 2: Scenes from a Memory

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listen  1. Regression [Scene One] 2:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. Fatal Tragedy [Scene Three] 6:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Beyond This Life [Scene Four]11:22Album Only
listen  7. Through Her Eyes [Scene Five] 5:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Home [Scene Six]12:53Album Only
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listen10. One Last Time [Scene Seven] 3:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. The Spirit Carries On [Scene Eight] 6:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Finally Free [Scene Nine]11:59Album Only

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  • Audio CD (October 26, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra
  • ASIN: B000021XS0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (701 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,226 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Progressive rock has long been the most devalued currency in popular music, perhaps due to the culture's dumbing down, too many conceptually knotted triple-albums, or merely a Greek chorus of critics parroting the emperor from Amadeus: "Too many notes!" Maybe that's what makes Dream Theater's Scenes such an audacious rush (no pun intended). Here we have a two-act murder mystery examined from a hypnotic dream state and parlayed by "The Orchestra," as the band refers to itself here. Andrew Lloyd Webber hasn't written anything as focused--or musically audacious--in decades. And if the band attacks feverish shift meters and plows through enough structural modes and, yes, notes, to make the aforementioned emperor's head spin, they manage to keep things concise, focused, and largely effective. The addition of keyboardist Jordan Rudess has freshened the band's tack, infused now with the odd, playful ragtime piano quote and sitar sample. Vocalist James Labrie, meanwhile, amply proves that Queensryche's Geoff Tate isn't the only drama queen in prog metal. --Jerry McCulley

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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.

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This album is well... a musical experience.
I don't think I can say enough good about this album without exceeding the 1000 word maximum, so I will just stop right here and say GO BUY THIS ALBUM NOW!
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Buy this album, and listen to it, you will not be disappointed.
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140 of 143 people found the following review helpful By Lord Chimp on January 29, 2001
Format: Audio CD
In a time when most bands have stopped trying, Dream Theater continues to challenge themselves. Simply put, no band has Dream Theater's bombastic musical least, no band with signed with a major record company. After nearly breaking up following the stressful recording of Falling Into Infinity, the band managed to convince their label to let them produce the record they wanted all along. As a result, the band has made their finest work.
Extrapolating the saga of Images And Words' "Metropolis Pt.1" is the stunning concept album Scenes From A Memory, an epic suite divided into twelve parts. The original concept was delightfully obscure and nebulous...almost mythical. The band has taken the concept and fleshed out the core ideas, producing a slightly generic two-act murder mystery. Lyrically, the album sometimes comes across flat. Judging from earlier albums, we know Dream Theater can shine lyrically, but given the story approach, their diction is straightforward, generally lacking the profundity of their earlier lyrical work. In terms of writing, this is no Operation: Mindcrime. Nonetheless, the tale is reasonably compelling, with a striking revelatory moment when the listener unravels the mystery of the plot. Despite the prosaic style of writing, between the plot, story, and music, it's barely a fault.
Musically, the band seems to be going all out. The album begins with a tepid acoustic number "Regression" but then floors the listener with the stunning instrumental "Overture 1928." From there, the album's 77 minutes of music covers plenty of ground, from heartfelt piano ballads to eastern chord progressions, from furious assaults of shredding to orchestral sections and a gospel choir.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By LG on December 31, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I assume that if you are not already familiar with Dream Theater's music you wouldn't be reading this. What I can say quickly about this album is that it was the album that I always knew Dream Theater could make.
When I started listening to DT I bought "Images and Words" and immediately I was impressed with how hard it was while still being melodic. My favorite band before that was Iron Maiden and after hearing the first track of Images ("Pull me Under") I knew that after 5+ years they would be toppled. I am a guitar player who has listened to all of the shred bands, metal, etc... and I immediately fell in love with DT.
The "Awake" album is very very good, the older live album from Europe is good, "A Change of Seasons" is awesome, but I disliked "Falling into Infinity".
Scenes hits back with a ruthless vengence. The first time I listened to it I was driving to work and it made me cry for about 5 minutes. Whenever I play it on my stereo at home it makes me cry about 3-4 times per spin. It really is that good. Everything good about their previous stuff has been incorporated. On the "Awake" album the Erotomania song is similar to the overture on Scenes in that it introduces many of the main themes of the album (or song trio in the case of "Awake").
John Petrucci is awesome on the guitar. Besides being a technical wizard on the guitar his musical tastes are very similar to mine in that he likes all types of rock all the way up to thrash metal riffing like Pantera (listen to Lie from Awake). The song "Fatal Tragedy" on Scenes is incredible because it is so hard but at the same time still melodic.
The Steve Morse school of 1 note on hellaciously distorted electric guitar = 1 power chord is adhered to in many places, opening up a very different style of hard music because the typical power chord is abandoned.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lord Chimp on July 7, 2000
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...Let's just get one thing out of the way: Dream Theater isnot for everyone. Let's forget musical nomenclature (progressiverock/metal and what not) and just say this: Dream Theater has a very distinctly delineated style that is markedly etched with reams of talent. While this talent is always prevalent and evident, DT is often accused of being overly technical while sacrificing melodic qualities. All of DT's members are gods and considered by many to be their personal heroes. But they are very pretentious instrumentalists...the extended instrumental sections show this. For those who become bored easily and cannot appreciate everything that is happening (polyrhythms, meter shifts, etc), think twice. Don't get me wrong: you can love this album without being a musician yourself, but it will help and increase your overall enjoyment of the entire experience.
I think Dream Theater is one of the most talented bands in music today, and this comes from someone who listens to everything: classical, jazz, metal, name it. While others see complain that Dream Theater's music is just "musical masturbation," I think it is important for a band like this to strike a balance between vocals and instrumental components. When you have a band this talented, they just need to play.
Of course, the "musical masturbation" complaint might be justified if Dream Theater -- like many bands -- sacrificed intensity and melody for "wank-factor." Dream Theater doesn't do this. Petrucci's music on the guitar is a thing of beauty -- like Joe Satriani, he is "not of this Earth." (But make no mistake, they are not very similar in terms of style.) DT's new man on the keys, Jordan Rudess, is absolutely stunning.
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