The Astonishing

Dream Theater - The Astonishing
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2016 Ratings: #218 / 879
User Score
Based on 66 ratings
2016 Ratings: #829
January 29, 2016 / Release Date
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Roadrunner / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic

Dream Theater have invested in the "album" concept (and in listeners' attention spans) even as the music biz doubles down on the notion that long-players are merely envelopes to hold singles.

70
Rolling Stone

However flamboyant or corny the exercise might seem, the players to their credit commit to it fully, while also littering the sonic landscape with chopsy flourishes to reassure the faithful.

67
Consequence of Sound

You might want to laugh at points, because a good deal of it is very silly, but somewhere within the second half, you’ll become just a little invested. By the grand finale, you might even feel inspired.

notbuzzzila
58
It's not QUITE as bad as people are calling it, but...it really doesn't need to be THIS long...come on guys
EMR
23
Dream Theater return with their most accessible and grandiose work to date (and that is not something to overlook, considering everything the americans have released before). The Astonishing is a 34-track album that puts on practice every artistic aspect of the progressive giants' extensive career. It is a very orchestrated, huge concept album about a dystopian future where no music can be found until a castaway protagonist discovers the beauty of the ancient sound-crafting (Rush's 2112 all ... read more
JD
40
There worst album to date.
daFigz
58
Grandiose, complex, symphonic, epic, neo-progressive is terms I think of as I listen to this gargantuan LP by Dream Theater. Did I mention silly? The storyline is a bit… Silly. Yeah, true that… It’s an age thing. It’s sort of like watching cartoons… I simply can’t bring myself to stare empty head-like at the TV and call myself entertained. My favorite contemporary reviewer, EMR drew attention to the Rush ‘2012’ parallels. And there are plenty ... read more
JcBarraza
15
Silly, predictable and bored. Tons of songs with the same formula; super hard drum fills, extremely hard guitar solos, the shitty J. LaBrie voice, etc. After a long career, they still have no identity as a band.
If you like fairy tales, this is for you.
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Track List

Act I

  1. Descent of the Nomacs
  2. Dystopian Overture
  3. The Gift of Music
  4. The Answer
  5. A Better Life
  6. Lord Nafaryus
  7. A Savior in the Square
  8. When Your Time Has Come
  9. Act of Faythe
  10. Three Days
  11. The Hovering Sojourn
  12. Brother, Can You Hear Me?
  13. A Life Left Behind
  14. Ravenskill
  15. Chosen
  16. A Tempting Offer
  17. Digital Discord
  18. The X Aspect
  19. A New Beginning
  20. The Road to Revolution

Act II

  1. 2285 Entr'acte
  2. Moment of Betrayal
  3. Heaven's Cove
  4. Begin Again
  5. The Path That Divides
  6. Machine Chatter
  7. The Walking Shadow
  8. My Last Farewell
  9. Losing Faythe
  10. Whispers on the Wind
  11. Hymn of a Thousand Voices
  12. Our New World
  13. Power Down
  14. Astonishing
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