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All Music Guide - Tammy La Gorce
Prog rockers Dream Theater tallied 19 years as a band with the release of Octavarium, but in listening you're apt to suspect otherwise. As a collective they remain as tight as they were on 2003's obsessively dark Train of Thought like all music-school outfits, they've exacted an all-for-one formula that doesn't allow a single player more than his share of swagger, but a post-hardcore edge -- call it a leap into 2005 -- has invaded their pledge of allegiance to theatrical heavy rock. Hear it on "I Walk Beside You" and "The Answer Lies Within," both of which, at under five minutes, play like charming haikus from a band known for its epic poetry, and also on the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tammy La Gorce
Prog rockers Dream Theater tallied 19 years as a band with the release of Octavarium, but in listening you're apt to suspect otherwise. As a collective they remain as tight as they were on 2003's obsessively dark Train of Thought like all music-school outfits, they've exacted an all-for-one formula that doesn't allow a single player more than his share of swagger, but a post-hardcore edge -- call it a leap into 2005 -- has invaded their pledge of allegiance to theatrical heavy rock. Hear it on "I Walk Beside You" and "The Answer Lies Within," both of which, at under five minutes, play like charming haikus from a band known for its epic poetry, and also on the orchestra-backed 20-plus-minute final cut, which skips around from Pink Floyd to Rush to Black Sabbath influences, stopping off every so often at a place fans of My Chemical Romance might find familiar. As with all the band's discs, guitars loom large and both doom and redemption seem no further than the next twisted verse. What's changed is Dream Theater's commitment to carrying on their reputation as underground progressive rock's classicists, and it seems well-timed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/7/2005
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678379321
  • Catalog Number: 83793
  • Sales rank: 10,261

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Root of All Evil (8:25)
  2. 2 The Answer Lies Within (5:33)
  3. 3 These Walls (7:36)
  4. 4 I Walk Beside You (4:29)
  5. 5 Panic Attack (8:13)
  6. 6 Never Enough (6:46)
  7. 7 Sacrificed Sons (10:42)
  8. 8 Octavarium (24:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dream Theater Primary Artist
Elena Barere Violin, Concert Master
Karen Dreyfus Viola
James LaBrie Vocals
Jeanne LeBlanc Celli
Richard Locker Cello, Celli
John Myung Bass
John Petrucci Guitar, Vocals
Mike Portnoy Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Stewart Rose French Horn
Jamshied Sharifi Conductor
Pamela Sklar Flute
Joe Anderer French Horn
Jordan Rudess Keyboards, Lap Steel Guitar
Carol Webb Violin
Yuri Vodovoz Violin
Katherine LiVolsi Stern Violin
Laura McGinnis Violin
Anne Lehmann Violin
Vince Lionti Viola
Katherine Fong Violin
Catherine Ro Violin
Technical Credits
Dream Theater Composer
James LaBrie Composer
George Marino Mastering
Doug Oberkircher Engineer
John Petrucci Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Mike Portnoy Composer, Producer, Concept, Audio Production
Jamshied Sharifi String Arrangements
Hugh Syme Art Direction, Concept, Illustrations
Frank Solomon Management
Keith Gary Digital Editing
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another masterpiece by Dream Theater.

    I am not one who pledges allegiance to one band and loves their every hit and failure unconditionally. Dream Theater however rarely fails to dissapoint me. From the creators of Images and Words, my first love, comes Octavariu, rich and haunting and best enjoyed with the lights out and a pair of noise cancelling headphones.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW!!!!!

    I used to hate Dream Theater, but then a sat down and listened to them. It was my brother that got me hooked on them. Now I love them! When this CD came out I excpected some good music, but wow! Every song was original. A few of the songs were very progresive. At first i hated it, but I realized the genius in these songs. The more I listened to this CD the more I loved it. This CD was overall amazing!!! Outstanding tracks include: These Walls, I Walk Beside You, and Octavarium. If you are thinking of buying this CD go for it you won't regret it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE PERFECT ALBUM!!!

    I'm sorry if people may disagre with me, but this is the perfect album. Every song is a diferent,and I hate to sound cheesy, but a journey, if you will, and it is all i have wanted to listen to since i bought it a month or two ago. The epic 24 minute long closer is unlike most other 24 minute long songs in that it is always refreshing and interesting, if you get past the 5 minute long keyboard solo in the beginning. if you are a Dream Theatre fan or a music fan, I highly reccomend this CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the dreamteam does it again

    i brought this cd a few days ago and gave it a full listen from start to finish. this is a verry great creation of dream theater. and the way they ran all tracks with sound effects in between is awssome. every track on this cd is great. james labrie and the gang know how to make a rocken cd. this cd rules and its tight ya gotta get it

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