Dramatic Turn of Events [Special Edition]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
A Dramatic Turn of Events, the 11th studio long player from progressive hard rock act Dream Theater, is understandably among the most anticipated in their decades-long career. Founding drummer Mike Portnoy -- long considered, with guitarist John Petrucci, to be DT -- left the band and was replaced with veteran Mike Mangini. This is the set that answers the question about his impact on their sound. Interestingly enough, it's not that much. Mangini is as much a complex, intricate drummer as Portnoy was, though he is more an ensemble player; he plays more on the beat than behind it. A Dramatic Turn of Events is a much more keyboard-driven offering, though there is plenty of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
A Dramatic Turn of Events, the 11th studio long player from progressive hard rock act Dream Theater, is understandably among the most anticipated in their decades-long career. Founding drummer Mike Portnoy -- long considered, with guitarist John Petrucci, to be DT -- left the band and was replaced with veteran Mike Mangini. This is the set that answers the question about his impact on their sound. Interestingly enough, it's not that much. Mangini is as much a complex, intricate drummer as Portnoy was, though he is more an ensemble player; he plays more on the beat than behind it. A Dramatic Turn of Events is a much more keyboard-driven offering, though there is plenty of good old-fashioned prog metal here, too. Given its nearly 80-minute length, there is something here for virtually every fan -- or detractor -- to grab hold of. Singer James LaBrie doesn't indulge his high metal screech here that often, and prefers to sing plainly -- a good thing. Three tracks -- "Outcry," "Breaking All Illusions," and "Lost Not Forgotten" -- feature wildly long instrumental segments with more odd time signature changes than you can likely count. The latter of these sounds almost like Meshuggah with keyboards and stacked with multi-part harmonic vocals. Opening track and single "On the Backs of Angels" contains all the DT trademarks: disciplined drumming, intricate seven-string guitar riffs that grow increasingly more explosive, a Gothic chorale, and John Myung's insistent basslines, which are nearly buried in the mix. Jordan Rudess' keyboards counter Petrucci's guitar and Mangini's drums for dominance and come out on top. That said, the melodic structure of the tune harkens back to DT albums previous to the last decade's. As melodic as it is, it's almost knotty compared to the sheer melodicism of "Build Me Up, Break Me Down" that follows it. One does have to wonder about the inclusion of the ballads "Far from Heaven" and the string-laden "Beneath the Surface," which have clunky, trite lyrics, sappy instrumentation, and feel like filler; it would have been better to have trimmed them to keep the album a reasonable length. In sum, A Dramatic Turn of Events, while not a perfect offering, has enough of what makes Dream Theater attractive to make it a necessary purchase for fans. [The Deluxe Edition comes with a bonus DVD featuring a 60-minute movie documenting the band's drummer auditions.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2011
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • UPC: 016861776558
  • Catalog Number: 177655
  • Sales rank: 73,519

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 On the Backs of Angels (8:42)
  2. 2 Build Me Up, Break Me Down (6:59)
  3. 3 Lost Not Forgotten (10:11)
  4. 4 This Is the Life (6:57)
  5. 5 Bridges in the Sky (11:01)
  6. 6 Outcry (11:24)
  7. 7 Far from Heaven (3:56)
  8. 8 Breaking All Illusions (12:25)
  9. 9 Beneath the Surface (5:26)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Spirit Carries On
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dream Theater Primary Artist
James LaBrie Vocals
Mike Mangini Drums
John Myung Bass
Paul Northfield Spoken Word
John Petrucci Guitar
Jordan Rudess Keyboards
Technical Credits
Richard Chycki Vocal Engineer
Ted Jensen Mastering
James LaBrie Composer
John Myung Composer
Paul Northfield Engineer
John Petrucci Composer, Producer
Hugh Syme Art Direction, Illustrations
Jordan Rudess Composer
Derek Kemp Booking
Frank Solomon Management
Steve Martin Booking
Paul Suarez Pro-Tools
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