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+ ￥350 配送料
Dramatic Turn of Events-Special Edition (CD/DVD) CD, CD+DVD, インポート, スペシャル・エディション
Special two disc (CD + DVD) editon includes bonus DVD. 2011 album from the Progressive Metal greats. A Dramatic Turn of Events is an album born from transition, crafted with studied persistence and possessed by newfound freedom and free-flowing invigoration. The album strikes the perfect balance between Dream Theater's intimate history with all that is heavy, progressive and melodic with each element fully realized. Longtime fans of the band intrigued by the speediness of the notes on display from Dream Theater have much to study on the album, while fans of melodic hooks will find equal pleasure within the songs
Dream Theater are, without doubt, one of the most musically accomplished bands currently around, capable of producing some exceptional pieces of inspirational progressive music. Their albums, are however, in my opinion sometimes rather patchy affairs, with some exceptionally original songs padded out by either overly self-indulgent twaddle or straight down the middle rockers which most average bands are capable of. For instance, for every inspirational `Octavarium', there is a stadium rock clone`I walk beside you.'
Over recent albums, to me they have also lost a little direction and seem to have been pushed into being something they are not. The 'heavy metal' nature of Train of Thought and even the 'doomy' Nightmare to Remember, although a great album and track in their own rights, just don't do justice to this band - they are so much more. Systematic Chaos was a real low point, with minimal highlights.
So, to A Dramatic Turn of Events, which in no way is reference to the departure of Mike Portnoy. From the classy beginning of the album, it smacks of a band given licence to do what they collectively want - and are good at - without being steered toward styles which don't really do them justice. This licence has led them in the same direction and produced 9 outstanding progressive numbers, seemingly with ease.
The mix is superb, with no emphasis on a particular musician, only a slight over widdlywiddlyness in places but hey, why play one note when you can play 6 or 7?
There is little point in detailing the merits of each track, the whole thing should be absorbed with an open mind, without prejudice of things that have gone before. It is a classy album by exceptional individual and collective musicians.
When the next one came out, I didn't get the expensive editions I had in the past, but this was a definite step up, with three very good complex tracks that reward repeated listens - Nightmare , Fortress and Tuscany. But I was of the opinion that the miracle of Six Degrees was not going to see a rival.
But there has most certainly been A Dramatic Turn of Events.
What an amazing album this is.
Others have gone into considerable detail about the individual tracks: I will confine my comments to three.
Beneath the Surface, the ballad that closes the album, skates dangerously close to the thin ice of cheesiness, but manages to avoid falling through. James la Brie's rather breathy delivery does remind of some of the more embarrassing singers on the BBC Radio 2 of old; also his climb into a higher register doesn't work too well. But the orchestration is lovely, and the tone selected by Jordan Ruddess' tone during his keyboard solo is perfect.
Bridges in the Sky and Outcry, which seem to form a pair in my mind, appear to call for reconciliation and the end of wars. Both have enormous contrasts, tricky rhythms, and devilishly difficult passages. From 4:50, Outcry launches into a magnificent instrumental passage with everything I could have wanted, and far more than I could have imagined. And they're all involved up to the hilt - with perhaps Jordan in the lead a la Emerson. It's simply electrifying. The vocal line only re-enters after four and a half dizzying minutes.
An astonishing album. I have listened to it, I don't know, thirty times perhaps. And I STILL LOVE IT!
I am really hoping they will tour in the UK to support it.
Thanks guys. How ARE you going to top this one?
Thats why I like Dream Theater and this album. Its an album you have to afford time for, be patient and often very suprised.
At first listen I began to think 'this all a bit too clever and complex. Too many uncomfortable time signatures'. But, as ever with DT this is comlimented by superb melody and musicianship and will always throw up that element of artistic suprise and delight. There is a balance and quality that puts DT at the top of the modern prog rock tree (imho), suburb individual yet collective and complimetory musicianship together with inventive and creative songwriting and production.
This does sound like a 'band' album. It sa very good DT album, maybe not the best, but a very good and enjoyable album that proves the band are as strong as ever despite recent 'turns of events'.
It will be in the CD palyer for some time yet.
At this point in time Dream Theater were on a roll, each album selling more than the last, when drummer Mike Portnoy, who played a major role in the band left.
The good, is that the album is better for it. It is not as heavy as the previous two albums, it does not have Portnoy's annoying backing vocals and John Myung has returned to writing lyrics. The bad is that there is nothing entirely new on the album. John Petrucci recreates the same sort of solos that he has played before and the drums are a little low in the mix, however the songs are no worse for it.
The band set out to make a classic sounding dream theater album and they succeeded. I think it is one of the best albums the band has done. There are a few ballads on the album, a couple of more progressive songs and a couple of metal songs making it a well rounded album.
The highlights for me are Breaking All Illusions, Bridges in the Sky and Beneath the Surface.
However with the loss of Mike brings some bad things. The new drummer has no imagination or presence in the songs. Although technically fine, the drumming has been reduced to little above tempo control. Hopefully this will improve in the future.
My main problem with Dream Theater is my expectations are so high. I keep wanting another Scenes From A Memory - which this is not. Black Clouds and Silver Linings starts bad and progressively becomes great. A Dramatic Turn of Events starts good, then becomes dull, before finally saving itself with the final 2 songs.
I remain hopeful for the future.
Breaking All Illusions
On the Backs of Angels
Beneath the Surface
What I like: Tighter structures, disciplined vocals (one of James' best performances), real feeling, interesting lyrics, less meandering, good electronica, Mike Mangini in seamlessly (phew).
What I don't like: Hardly anything bad to say about it. Still not as tight as, say, Awake, - but getting there.
The final song is a real surprise, and deserves airplay on the radio. An absolute gem of a song from a gem of a CD!
Top musicianship, not been out of my player for the last 3 months....one happy old rocker..!