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Proof positive that one can be a virtuoso musician and also have heart, Dream Theater are in impressive form on this album, arguably their best. They do it by never allowing technical flash to overwhelm their songs; there's substance under the style, in the form of ear-catching riffs and aggressive rhythms. The opening "Pull Me Under" is, quite simply, a great song, from its sparse introduction to its heavy-duty main riff to its memorable lyrics. Dream Theater, as its name implies, is an introspective band, exploring the complexities of the human heart and bringing them to life with songs like "Learning to Live," "Take the Time," and "Wait for Sleep". Unlike many metal bands, they favor an optimistic outlook, as with "Another Day" and "Surrounded," and even the dazzlingly complex "Metropolis, Pt. 1" is an entertaining listen.-- Genevieve Williams
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Label:  Atlantic, Wea
ArtistDream Theater
Release Date:  July 7, 1992
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Dream Theater is typically scorned or adored by progressive rock fans. They certainly have their critics; there's no shortage of people derisively accusing them of overindulgent musicianship and pompous compositions. Concurrently, they have a fiercely devoted legion of fans who praise them as the torchbearers of progressive metal. Their definitive brand of progmetal spawned a good number of copycat bands, none of which can equal the preeminent originality and overall musicianship of Dream Theater.With …
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