5 Images and Words is a defining Masterpiece of ProgRockSaintCedric | 01/04/2008 | 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.