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Kevin Moore was the X-factor,
This review is from: A Dramatic Turn Of Events (MP3 Music)
So after all, it was indeed Kevin Moore who was the X-factor for DT. I've been a HUGE fan of theirs in the mid-late 90s, into the 2000s - with "Awake" and "Images & Words" being right up there on my "desert island" CDs. Kevin Moore's incredible and uncanny ability to move your soul with his sonic artistry was, in my opinion, what made DT click. Petrucci's guitar work seemed to take a nosedive since Moore quit. Not technically, mind you. Technically he can shred anyone's face to pieces. But musically, it sadly hasn't done much for me for many, many years now. Compare and contrast his work on masterpieces like Caught in a Web, 6:00, Scarred, Learning to Live, and of course, Pull Me Under, with nearly anything DT has put out since Metropolis II.
Coming to this album, I was very, very hopeful that with Portnoy's departure, DT would spring back from their last few jaded years to give us something that would knock us out of our senses. No such luck, unfortunately. As other reviewers have mentioned, Portnoy's controlling tendencies, along with his misplaced penchant for "heaviness", and his general recent attitude have been pretty off-putting. Notwithstanding what a monster drummer he is technically, I was glad to see that he decided to part ways. Mangini, while incredible, was unfortunately not that X-factor. Petrucci's soulful solos didn't return. John Myung's lyrical mastery (such as in Learning to Live) didn't return. And Rudess for sure didn't stop wanking his keyboards. I'm sorry, but for the keyboard wizard that he is, nothing in his music has ever moved me at all. For all the flak it has received, I personally place "Falling into Infinity" way over anything that has involved Rudess, excluding perhaps Metropolis II. The new DT offering is more of the same that we've seen recently, with less of Portnoy's non-drumming influence on the band.
Keep Mangini and bring back Kevin Moore and maybe we'll restore the magic of the past.
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Initial post: Oct 30, 2011 4:50:14 PM PDT
Although I enjoyed this album alot (4 stars) and think that it is a return to form for Dream Theater, I must agree with alot of what you say. I too think that Dream Theater made better music while Kevin Moore was in the band. Both Images And Words and Awake are progressive rock masterpieces. I also agree that Falling Into Infinity is a killer album with some of the best songs Dream Theater have ever composed.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2013 6:00:45 AM PDT
"For all the flak it has received, I personally place "Falling into Infinity" way over anything that has involved Rudess, excluding perhaps Metropolis II"
Exactly my thoughts. The prog-nerds welcomed Rudess with open arms, I was sad, that sherinian (who couldnt replace Moore, but was a good succesor) had to go. I was right. And much of the good metropolis Pt2-stuff was written with sherinian. (As you can hear on the Mt Pt2 - Demo)
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