Awake

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All Music Guide - Phil Carter
Dream Theater's third studio release, Awake, marks a definite change in the band's tone. From the moment the guitars enter on "6:00," the first track, a darker sound is immediately evident, and it continues through the entire 75 minutes of the disc. The complex song structures, marked by arrangements that would give many good players fits, are very impressive. Drummer Mike Portnoy and guitarist John Petrucci, in particular, reach new heights with their instruments, but keyboardist Kevin Moore and bassist John Myung hold up quite well, adding to the prog metal sound with their own contributions. There are several good tracks here, but the best are the crunch-heavy "Lie," the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Phil Carter
Dream Theater's third studio release, Awake, marks a definite change in the band's tone. From the moment the guitars enter on "6:00," the first track, a darker sound is immediately evident, and it continues through the entire 75 minutes of the disc. The complex song structures, marked by arrangements that would give many good players fits, are very impressive. Drummer Mike Portnoy and guitarist John Petrucci, in particular, reach new heights with their instruments, but keyboardist Kevin Moore and bassist John Myung hold up quite well, adding to the prog metal sound with their own contributions. There are several good tracks here, but the best are the crunch-heavy "Lie," the 11-minute "Scarred," the thought-provoking "Caught in a Web," and the deeply personal, moving "Space-Dye Vest." This disc also marks keyboardist Moore's last recording with the band; he left not long after to pursue other musical directions. The heavy guitar sound may turn some off, but Dream Theater's musical ability can't be denied.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/4/1994
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075679012623
  • Catalog Number: 90126
  • Sales rank: 10,377

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 6:00 (5:31)
  2. 2 Caught in a Web (5:28)
  3. 3 Innocence Faded (5:43)
  4. 4 Erotomania (6:45)
  5. 5 Voices (9:53)
  6. 6 The Silent Man (3:48)
  7. 7 The Mirror (6:45)
  8. 8 Lie (6:34)
  9. 9 Lifting Shadows off a Dream (6:05)
  10. 10 Scarred (11:00)
  11. 11 Space-Dye Vest (7:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dream Theater Primary Artist, Group
James LaBrie Voices
John Myung Bass
John Petrucci Guitar
Mike Portnoy Percussion, Drums
Kevin Moore Keyboards
Technical Credits
Duane Baron Producer, Engineer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Rich Kern Programming
James LaBrie Composer
John Myung Composer
John Petrucci Composer
Mike Portnoy Composer
John Purdell Producer, Engineer
Larry Freemantle Art Direction
Donald May Art Direction
Kevin Moore Composer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted January 6, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    This album manages to be heavy and beautiful at the same time in a way that others cannot.

    Every single song on "Awake" makes me feel as though I'm drifting off into a dream. I find myself listening this album so constantly, it almost worries me. Dream Theater's music is always partially complex and jaw-dropping and partially relaxing and sweet, and this is no exception. In my opinion, this is their best album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Should be Six Stars!!!

    This album is perfect in every way!!! Voices is probably their best song ever. The time changes and variety of styles on this album make it very amazing and hard to beat. I can never listen to this one too often!!! This could be the best progressive metal disc ever made.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Impressively Progressive!

    Awake was realeased in 1994, the next one in line after the impeccable Images and Words (1992). The expectations were sky high, and this five-member band did live up to them ... it turned out to be a fantastic album! The songs have a rich blend of metal and progressive genres. The title track 6:00 opens with a solo from Portnoy, and goes on to grow heavy with Petrucci using a seven-string guitar. If you have never heard them before, try this and I am sure you'll instantly fall in love with this dream wanting to experience it over and over again. Caught in a Web, Innocence Faded, Scarred and Lie (released with video) come as pretty neat numbers. Erotomania is a breathtaking instrumental clearly defining the prowess of these musicians. However, my personal favorites is Voices, which has melodiously depressing lyrics finely executed by James LaBrie, and tends to get very touchy. A must buy for all progressive lovers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Awake, is an excellent album. It isn't too much like their second studio album, Images And Words. This album is full of different style. It is very interesting. Of course, there are some songs like Caught in a Web which sounds like Helloween and the Silent Man which sounds like Led Zeppelin III but the rest of the songs are very rock but still their own. I recommend to listen tracks Caught in a Web, Innoncence Faded and "hard rock songs" the mirror, lie, 6:00 and scarred. They rule!

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