Black Clouds & Silver Linings
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'This album's a musical and emotional rollercoaster, but most of our albums are,' Mike Portnoy says of Black Clouds & Silver Linings, Dream Theater's tenth studio album and second Roadrunner release. Black Clouds & Silver Linings marks another milestone on Dream Theater's iconoclastic musical journey,
which began two and a half decades ago and now encompasses a hugely impressive body of music that's established the durable progressive metal outfit as a one-of-a-kind creative force with a fiercely devoted international fan base. The new album - produced by band members Mike Portnoy and John Petrucci, who also serve as the group's main lyricists - offers a vibrant manifestation of the world-class musicianship, vivid lyrical scenarios and ambitious, multi-leveled
compositions that have established Dream Theater as a uniquely compelling creative force.
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I think there are 3 good songs on this CD:
A Nightmare to Remember has some killer instrumental parts and change-ups. But it has silly over-dramatic lyrics and goes on too long.
The Shattered Fortress is pretty epic and has some great parts in it.
The Count of Tuscany has excellent instrumental parts but the lyrics are stupid. Somebody meets a creepy guy, goes for a car ride, gets taken to a scary castle and wets his pants but everything turns out alright. Kind of like the haunted house when you were a kid. OK I'll shut up now.
Everything else is yawn...fast forward.
For a while, the lyrics for Count of Tuscany ruined the song for me, but I've since changed my mind about that and now fully appreciate what the song is about.
P.S. Best band photo of DT, period.
The problem I have is that, with the last couple of releases, I haven't been able to connect on an emotional/artistic level with what they have been doing. It just seems they are more about a technical demonstration of ability, and the music has become more sterile and clinical as a result. When the new compositions reach for an emotional reaction from the listener, it seems that they miss or, as some have mentioned, tend to be over-the-top and cliche. As people have noted, the lyrics on this cd seem uninspired and this may be part of the problem. However, for me, the music itself lacks inspiration as well this time out. It seems the compositions are simply a structure or background to bounce solos and intricate rhythms off of.
Despite this, I will continue to line up and be one of the first to scoop up the next cd release and the one after that. It's worth the price to hear these great musicians play together . I love this band and can only take one star off despite my criticisms. Maybe all they need is a break from the constant grind before the next studio endeavor.
from the opening sound effects,depending on how loud you like it,you are left breathless.their influence on this genre has been able to broaden the staunchest of hard rockers minds to open their ears to such bands as enchant,porcupine tree,shadow gallery,flower kings,magellan and a host of others.it is because of the individual members contributions to a bevy of solo efforts,and side projects.you can find at least a thank you on just about anything that comes out now.highly influential,but without a possible copy.
this album encompasses some former workrythms,and melodic passages,and has a few sounds reminiscent of "falling into infinity",octavarium,seasons of changes,but no copying,just beautifully orchestrated vocals,and music.
the opening track takes you on a roller coaster ride of off time signature guitar and keyboard work,blending into a tapestry of unforgettable sound.johns layering techniques in the studio,combined with his unbelievable phrasing,make him sound as if he is rocks premier guitarist,i hear nothing that comes close to his brilliance.
"A NIGHTMARE TO REMEMBER" is an elaborate composition with such a great assortment of stylings,it is hard to surf ahead to see what other gems await.
the opening riffs of "A RITE OF PASSAGE" are pure muscle bound rock,driven from hell to ascend into heaven as an illustrious painting of the dream theater sound gallery.it is truly a phenomenal song.in a guitar world mag interview with john petrucci a few months back,he was very vague about even the title of the new venture,but assured DT fans that this would be their best work in recent history.they hit the mark.
without going track to track,this one is a DT fans absolute must have.where do you find cd's with only 6 tracks but over an hour long of musical wizardry?
takes one back to the yes,elp,crimson,floyd days of the 70's.
BUY THIS CD,YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.........