Dream Theater – A Dramatic Turn Of Events


Dream Theater – A Dramatic Turn Of Events

Released: September 13, 2011 on Roadrunner Records


By now the arrival of a new DT album merits little in the way of critical analysis from me. One of my favorite two or three bands of all time, they continue to pump out music at an amazingly consistent rate, although in truth the last three or four albums (this included) tend to run together, the band’s sound showing no discernable growth or alteration to my non-musician ears. Even the departure of longtime drummer and defacto leader Mike Portnoy (replaced with Boston’s own Mike Mangini) seems to have affected them very little, as I probably wouldn’t have noticed the switch based on first listen, at least in terms of the drum sound. Stylistically Dramatic Turn leans a little on the softer side, with LaBrie scaling back on his metal howl more often than not, and the song structures seem to be gentler, Jordan Rudess doing more with straight piano sounds than usual. But all of these changes are slight, the band still sounding like Dream Theater in every perceivable way, the intricate musicianship always at the forefront, the lyrics (now mostly by Petrucci) vague but interesting. It’s to the point where I can’t even really come up with a good reason to explain why I love this band so much other than to simply say I love their sound, their sense of dynamic. To a legion of music school fanboys they are the band against which the bar has been set, and while I can’t share the core fan’s sense of musical awe, I can still relish each new release. If you weren’t a fan of this band before, this album probably won’t win you over, but if you were, it’ll slide into their catalogue nicely. And sometimes that’s all I’m looking for from an album… for it simply to be “the next one”.


PRO-2, VOC-2, MUS-2, SNG-1, MSC-0




  1. On The Backs Of Angels
  2. Build Me Up, Break Me Down
  3. Lost Not Forgotten
  4. This Is The Life
  5. Bridges In The Sky
  6. Outcry
  7. Far From Heaven
  8. Breaking All Illusions
  9. Beneath The Surface



James LaBrie (V), John Petrucci (G), John Myung (B), Jordan Rudess (K), Mike Mangini (D)


Produced by John Petrucci


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