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Metropolis, Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
     

Metropolis, Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory

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by Dream Theater
 
Dream Theater is almost aggressively out of fashion in 1999. Few bands subscribe to their dense blend of progressive rock and post-Halen metal, and those that do usually don't have major-label contracts, the way Dream Theater does. There was a point where they tried to straighten out their sound somewhat, as they flirted with

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Dream Theater is almost aggressively out of fashion in 1999. Few bands subscribe to their dense blend of progressive rock and post-Halen metal, and those that do usually don't have major-label contracts, the way Dream Theater does. There was a point where they tried to straighten out their sound somewhat, as they flirted with straight-ahead, laid-back metal on 1997's Falling into Infinity, but with its 1999 studio sequel, Scenes from a Memory, Dream Theater delves straight into old-fashioned prog rock. Scenes from a Memory is an unabashed concept album, told in two acts, about the 1928 murder of a young woman and how a modern man is haunted by the crime. A convoluted, difficult tale is told in a convoluted, difficult fashion, with no less than four tracks clocking in at well over ten minutes and three others ranging from 6:30 to 8:50. Clearly, this is intended as some sort of masterwork, and what's remarkable is that Dream Theater comes close to creating a masterwork with Scenes from a Memory. The album plays more like a suite than a collection of individual songs. At times, that means the album can bog down slightly in its own flights of fancy and long instrumental sections, but concentrated listens reveal the intricacies of the song structures and the musicianship. Occasionally, it can seem as if James Labrie oversings, but that's a minor point -- the overall end result of the album is quite impressive indeed.

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Release Date:
10/26/1999
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075596244824
catalogNumber:
62448
Rank:
49202

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Metropolis, Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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Perfect from the opening note to the final. Every song adds to the storyline, which involves murder, intrigue, reincarnation. And, like the best theme albums, the ending leaves you wondering, to fill in the gaps with your own imagination. Nothing more need be said about the musicianship of these gentlemen. If you're reading this page, you undoubtedly already know they're the best on their instruments in rock today. Buy this album, and keep it safe - you're going to enjoy it forever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dream Theater has always been topping themselves in every album and I don't see how they can ever do it again after this one. Their music can not be described with words--I just get goosebumps hearing James enchanting voice singing ''Tonight I've been searching for...''. This must be enjoyed with full concentration because it deserves every bit of our attention (that goes for all DT albums actually). Even though I still don't quite get the point of the story, I'm sure it is an amazing tale that takes awhile to understand. I recommend this to all music fans; this album will definitely be one of the very best in anyone's collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent musicianship coupled with a captivating story make this a stellar work. Honest, passionate and compelling!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Scenes ranks up there with Queesnryche's Operation Mindcrime, and Pink Floyd's The Wall. Nicholas is haunted by ghosts that he found in a mirror.... The rest is up to you. See if you can follow the story line here, to it's ultimate creshendo. The technical perfection of these guys is part of the reason that this album is so strong. These guys are the most brilliant band now releasing music. The play their instruments with a dark, melody, moody, almost transcendental perfection. I see real depth, and complex backgrounds to their music. I see how they were inspired by the works of Bach, Beethoven, haydn, adn tchykowski. They put more passion and more personality into their music then any group that I know of, EVER! A must buy for all Metal Heads
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is totaly awesome andis verry well created. i crankedthis cd up a lot of times andit totaly blows me away each timei play it. everything from thefirst track to the last is a rocker. the way the album openswith the first track titledregerssion with the hipnossiesintroduction and with the openingaccostic gutair of john petrucciand the volcals of james labirerealy opens up th story wellthen you got the rest joningin when it goes to overtrue 1928wh the keyboards of new commerjorden ruddess and the thunderbass of john myyung and thepounding drums of mike portnoyrealy shakes the story up and we go to the next trackstrange dejavu. and james labire gives it all at 100percent on the volcals.the album goes on and playsverry well threw and when itgets to the final track calledfinaly free. it is a verry greatfinish of the story.i give this cd a a plus and iwould also recomend the senesfrom newyork live dvd of thiscd. totaly awesome and verry'worth watching. a verry truedream theater exprencedavid t
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