I have accumulated many personal reviews while listening to albums. My reviewing style is non-conventional and was only intended for myself. Sometimes I will only use one sentence to describe an album if I feel that is all that's required. Other times I will review an album while I'm still listening to it, leading to a song-by-song review of the album (bringing the size of the review to nearly dissertation-level). There are times when I will even come back to a review to add information that I didn't know when originally writing the review. The point is that I won't edit my reviews to make them more readable or conventional. My reviews are always a direct result of what I was feeling when I wrote them and I want to let that feeling come through.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Dream Theater - Awake [1994]

Better production with heavier guitars. The songwriting is also heavier and definitely feels like it has defined their style. There's a bit more creativity as well. The vocals are much heavier as well with more distortion during verses. The first two songs are good, but not all that catchy. "Innocence Faded" is quite good and catchy, if a bit straight-forward. "A Mind Beside Itself - I" is a good instrumental that makes "A Mind Beside Itself - II" just that much more sweet. "The Mirror" flexes DT's metal muscle quite well and flows directly into "Lie" which also boasts a steel approach with quite a bit of groove thrown in the mix. "Lifting Shadows Off a Dream" brings things down to a very calm and beautiful feel. This album paradoxically seems to have the most "blah" songs in the first two tracks. Other than that, it's pretty brilliant. The music may not be as proficient and well-crafted as disc two of Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, but it's catchier and the lyrics are certainly better.

Rating: 9


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