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Images And Words

Released on 07 July 1992

Artist: Dream Theater

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  1. Pull Me Under
  2. Another Day
  3. Take The Time
  4. Surrounded
  5. Metropolis- Part 1 'The Miracle And The Sleeper'
  6. Under A Glass Moon
  7. Wait For Sleep
  8. Learning To Live

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 Images and Words is a defining Masterpiece of ProgRock

| | See all SaintCedric's reviews (14)

This is DT's Second Album, but the first featuring Singer Kevin James LaBrie, who has stayed with the band until the present day. The present lineup of DT in fact differs from that present in this album only by the Absence of Kevin Moore (keyboards, lyricist for Surrounded and Wait for Sleep,) as he left the band after the recording of the successor album to Images and Words, Awake (1994.) He was replaced by Derek Sherinian and later, Jordan Rudess, who now fills the position. This album is probably the best example of his influence on the band.

This Album is a must for any follower of Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal. This was Dream Theater's best selling album, selling over 2 million copies worldwide.

Every track is a masterpiece, and each one a unique expression of style and mastery of the instruments employed.

The album opens with "Pull Me Under". This was DT's only major radio hit, and is included in the compilation album "Dream Theater's Greatest Hit and 21 other pretty cool Songs" and is the song referenced by "Greatest Hit." The song is of moderate length for DT (8:11), ends with a cut, and is Progressive Hard Rock in style, with some Metal Influence.
The Second Track, "Another Day" was released as a single and is included on the compilation album. It is a short peice for DT (4:22) and features sax input from Jay Beckenstien. The style is softer than "Pull Me Under" but has more metal influence.
Track 3: "Take the Time" is also included on the compilation album, clocks in at 8:21, and is a more intense Progressive Rock song featuring much use of the 12/8 time signature. It also includes a classic DT feature, a long instrumental in a very progressive format.
Track 4: "Surrounded" is short, at 5:28, and is a soft Progressive Rock song mostly written by Moore.
Track 5: "Metropolis Part 1: The Miracle and the Sleeper" is probably the most epic track and one of the longest (9:30) on the album. It was not intended to be part of a suite, the "Part 1" was only intended as a joke, but a follow up was written for the album, "Falling into Infinity" but it was cut. The track was eventually followed with the concept album "Metropolis Part 2: Scenes from a Memory". This piece is one of the most experimental on the album, featuring a long instrumental and many time signature changes. The Style is Progressive Rock, but this peice has more metal influence than most of the tracks on the album.
Track 6: "Under a Glass Moon" is probably the heaviest track on the album. It is of moderate length at 7:02, but has been extended in the odd live performance with an improvised break between verses. The Style is Progressive Hard Rock, and is the only track to repeatedly feature rapid bass-drumming.
The short (2:31) and sweet Track 7: Wait for Sleep, contains the lyrics which give the album its title. The song is a creation of Moore, and features only keys and voice.
The longest (11:30) and most complex creation is saved for last, with Track 8 being the epic "Learning to Live". This is by far the most metal track on the album, but is only moderately heavy. The track is involved and complex, with a long instrumental, and use of interesting scales and time signatures. The Progressive Metal sound of this track is a reflection of much of the sound of Dream Theater's second peak period, that of Scenes from a Memory (Metropolis pt.2) and Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence.
"A Change of Seasons" (23:06) was composed along with these 8 tracks, but released later, with Sherinian on Keys, as an EP in 1995.
This entire album is a gorgeous and defining masterpiece of Progressive Rock/Metal that will thrill fans of the Prog and Heavy sound, without being extreme enough in either to be intrusive.

 good... but could be so much better

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First, let me say that I am completely new to DT and bought this album solely going on the reviews from this website. I've grown up listening to varying rock/metal music, my favourite acts including Dire Straits, GNR, Deep Purple, Slayer, Alice in Chains, Pantera, Skid Row, Type O Negative, AC/DC, Soundgarden to name just a few.

I must admit that to this day I'm still somewhat unsure of what prog rock/metal actually means, as apparently that's the genre of music that DT fits into. Therefore I had no idea of what to expect from this album. I also know nothing of Rush nor Alan Parsons who are supposed to be pioneers in the prog rock world.

Suffice to say upon listening to the introduction of the first track (and by far the best) 'Pull Me Under' the signs were extremely promising. The first minute and a half or so (before the vocals) are pure heavy metal, sublime 'pedal to the metal' riffage. The rest of the song, although never quite reaching the same dizzy heights as the intro, still really impressed. It was obvious that these guys knew what they were doing, the guitar playing of John Petrucci in particular catching my attention.

I thought that if the rest of the album could maintain the quality of the first track, then I had made a good purchase. Alas, it wasn't to be. It's as if 'Pull me under' belongs on a different album, none of the other songs seem in keeping with it. I find James Le Bry's (spelling?) voice is ok when singing normally, then really squeeky and frankly annoying when he starts to raise his pitch and shout.

I must also admit that I like my rock fairly pure and simple, so the use of the keyboard is at times jarring and does not complement some of the music (to me at least anyway).

Although I've got to like the album more with each listen, the impression I get is that the band is more interested in showing off their technical ability (use of different time signatures, synronised guitar/drum/bass rhythms etc) than actually creating top quality music, WITH FEELING! As I wrote earlier, there's no doubt that these boys are all awesome musicians, I just feel like they could produce so much better.

Dream Theater would do well to listen to Pink Floyd's 'Comfortably Numb' and note how a slightly more restrained and simple approach can be so much more meaningful than constant double bass drum abuse and million mile an hour guitar solos.

I know this review will upset a lot of DT fans but I only thought it fair that I give a perspective from a newbie who isn't familiar with their stuff. I'm fairly confident that anyone listening to DT for the first time who has the same taste in music that I have, will feel the same way.

 bad dream

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as a lifelong rush fan,i`m always being told i should like dream theater so i brought this album.2 days later,i sold it.what a bore ! you can not fault the musicianship thats for sure but its just so dull,has more time changes than british rail and the nail in the coffin for me was on track 2 when in comes of all the instruments you could have had,a saxaphone.sax on a rock record ? please ! no matter how proggie rush used to be in their early days,they were never this boring.

 The start of something great...

| | See all Boomjosh's reviews (2)

As in the title this album was the start of something great. The whole album is great and i would be pushed to name a song on it that isnt truly brilliant. The best tracks on the album would be metropolis pt.1; which is a fairly experimental and heavier track with many time changups and strange ideas floating about. The other favourite of mine being "Learning to live", this is the longest track on the album and really holds itsself throughout with brilliant constructions, masterful musicality and phenominal musicianship.

This is a great album and i would recommend it as a first Dream Theater album, this is not mindless metal it is tuned and defined elaborate prog, brilliant.

 Top Quality Prog!

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If Dream Theater is new to you I highly recommend this album to appreciate Dream Theaters progressive style. Fans who were attracted to DT's heavier albums such as Train of Thought and Systematic chaos will notice this Album sounds quite different due to the enhanced progressive style of Images and Words. Be you a fan of other preogressive bands such as Rush or Yes I recommend this album to add to your progressive collection.

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