Images and Words

Dream Theater - Images and Words
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Dream Theater: Part 2

Holy fucking shit, what an improvement! Everything is so much better on this album! Like, AGH!!!! Now the band got LaBrie as their new vocalist, and the band sounds great! It takes the strong parts of their first album and just makes it better. Better lyrics, complex riffs, and more complex arrangements that'll make you wanna give up learning guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards! As well as vocals maybe.

Things immediately start with probably the band's most popular song, ... read more


The only flaw on this album is the production which leaves a lot to be desired, the bass for exemple is mixed ridiculously low, and the overall timbre choices for the instrumentation are pretty outdated. That aside, the songs are fantastic, great compositions and performances by everyone. The pinnacle of prog metal in my opinion, needless to say that this isn't for everyone, if your're not into prog you might want to stay far away from it


There are two important things to consider in an artist or group: talent and taste. Dream Theater, as a group, exhibit an exuberant amount of talent in regards to technical proficiency and knowledge of music theory. Unfortunately, in the midst of practicing their instruments for many hours per day and writing dozens of 12 minute epics that would allow them to play every note or rhythm on their given instrument, they neglected the importance of taste.

Take a track like Another Day, for example. ... read more


This is not DT's best album, since Metropolis Pt. 2 exists. But dang, it's ridiculously good.
All songs are consistently good, and I think this is the sound all OG Dream Theater fans prefer. And I can't blame them, it's very much a revolutionary sound, it's a peak for prog metal.
Some moments of Learning To Live might not be my favourite, but it's still a great ending. My absolute fav track here is "Take The Time".
Another reason I love this album is the fact that it's song based, and ... read more


Quintessential prog.

Dream Theater is THE progressive metal band, as any prog-head would tell you. And Images and Words is considered to be their most iconic project. Where it all started, in a sense. I really like this record, yet I have a hard time saying that I love it.

First of all, the obvious. The performances, the songwriting, is unbelievable. Numerous prog opuses on this thing, such as "Metropolis - Part I: 'The Miracle and the Sleeper', "Under a Glass Moon," and ... read more


Favorite track: Metropolis - Part I: The Miracle & The Sleeper
Other favorites: Pull Me Under, Under A Glass Moon, Learning To Live
Least favorite track: Wait For Sleep (or Another Day if you don't count interludes)

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Track List

  1. Pull Me Under
  2. Another Day
  3. Take the Time
  4. Surrounded
  5. Metropolis—Part I: 'The Miracle and the Sleeper' 
  6. Under a Glass Moon
  7. Wait for Sleep
  8. Learning to Live
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Added on: May 22, 2015