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The Best RR Album so far ?

Systematic Chaos
14 (6.5%)
Black Clouds & Silver Linings
12 (5.6%)
A Dramatic Turn Of Events
52 (24.1%)
Dream Theater
26 (12%)
The Astonishing
112 (51.9%)

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The Best RoadRunner Album ?
« on: February 05, 2016, 11:49:08 AM »
 :xbones Vote Now ! or Later ! It's up To You !

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Re: The Best RoadRunner Album ?
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2016, 12:09:31 PM »
I liked the last two albums, but for now I've gotta go with The Astonishing.

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Re: The Best RoadRunner Album ?
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2016, 12:21:02 PM »
I'm between ADTOE and TA. Still can't decide, ADTOE is the Dream Theater i've been used to love, and TA is something so different and experimental that i need to see where it ranks among the band's catalog.

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Re: The Best RoadRunner Album ?
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2016, 12:26:26 PM »
ADTOE easily

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Re: The Best RoadRunner Album ?
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2016, 12:41:36 PM »
Still ADTOE for me.

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Re: The Best RoadRunner Album ?
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2016, 12:44:57 PM »
The Astonishing blows all the other away. The only one that's close is BC&SL. I hope it still holds up a year from now (and ten).
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Re: The Best RoadRunner Album ?
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2016, 12:48:27 PM »
ADTOE or SC I guess.

TA would've been the best for me if not for the second act. I like Moment of Betrayal and Heaven's Cove and then it's a total disaster until Our New World comes in.

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Re: The Best RoadRunner Album ?
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2016, 12:54:27 PM »
I'm between ADTOE and TA. Still can't decide, ADTOE is the Dream Theater i've been used to love, and TA is something so different and experimental that i need to see where it ranks among the band's catalog.

I'm on the same boat as you. Loved ADTOE but TA is getting better and better but it is still as you said, different and experimental.

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Re: The Best RoadRunner Album ?
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2016, 12:55:33 PM »
One week ago I would have said DT12 by far. But The Astonishing is really good. However it's too early to really tell how well it will hold, so I'll vote DT12 for now. 
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Re: The Best RoadRunner Album ?
« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2016, 01:04:57 PM »
These bunch of albums are my least favorite. With that said I still like them and The Astonishing is definitely the best out of them all. Black Clouds is the worst.

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Re: The Best RoadRunner Album ?
« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2016, 01:07:23 PM »
ADTOE easily
Yep. The others are all middle of the pack or lower for me.
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Re: The Best RoadRunner Album ?
« Reply #12 on: February 05, 2016, 02:09:35 PM »
I like TA so far, but I need more time to listen to this album, so for now my favorite is ADTOE :metal


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Re: The Best RoadRunner Album ?
« Reply #13 on: February 05, 2016, 02:12:17 PM »
ADToE and TA are tied for first now.
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Re: The Best RoadRunner Album ?
« Reply #14 on: February 05, 2016, 02:13:36 PM »
 :police: Here's my ranking as of right this very minute.

1. The Astonishing
2. A Dramatic Turn Of Events
3. Black Clouds & Silver Linings
4. Systematic Chaos
5. Dream Theater

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Re: The Best RoadRunner Album ?
« Reply #15 on: February 05, 2016, 02:20:12 PM »
ADTOE for me, and it's not even close.

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Re: The Best RoadRunner Album ?
« Reply #16 on: February 05, 2016, 02:22:24 PM »
My rankings:

1. ADTOE
2. TA
3. SC/BC&SL (can't decide)
5. DT12
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Re: The Best RoadRunner Album ?
« Reply #17 on: February 05, 2016, 02:23:56 PM »
1. Astonishing
2. ADTOE
3. Black Clouds
4. Systematic Chaos
5. DT12

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Re: The Best RoadRunner Album ?
« Reply #18 on: February 05, 2016, 02:26:40 PM »
Out of the RR era I'd have to say TA followed by ADTOE. Both have good production and all the instruments breathe. TA has the far superior drum sound of the two, and being a huge fan of drums in general, I believe the drums need a good pocket in the mix. I think TA has that. I appreciate both albums because both were a swing in a different direction. ADTOE replaced the balls to the wall, "raaaawr!" metal feel of BC&SL with a lighter touch that was really good to hear. With TA, it's another departure in that it's the most cinematic music they've ever done. All the tracks breathe, but they have a killer drum sound that gives it a power that ADTOE is missing. Not to mention how emotional the music and playing is. I think that's been, not missing really, but at a minimum on the last few RR releases.
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Re: The Best RoadRunner Album ?
« Reply #19 on: February 05, 2016, 02:27:56 PM »
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Re: The Best RoadRunner Album ?
« Reply #20 on: February 05, 2016, 02:43:32 PM »
The Astonishing, without a question.
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Re: The Best RoadRunner Album ?
« Reply #21 on: February 05, 2016, 03:13:13 PM »
I guess i would rank them:

1. The Astonishing
2. Black Clouds and Silver Linings
3. Dream Theater
4. A Dramatic Turn of Events
5. Systematic Chaos

4 and 5 could switch around.
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Re: The Best RoadRunner Album ?
« Reply #22 on: February 05, 2016, 03:58:19 PM »
My ranking:

1. Systematic Chaos
2. Black Clouds & Silver Linings
3. A Dramatic Turn Of Events
4. Dream Theater

*The Astonishing - not familiar enough with it to rank it yet.  A new album needs a breaking in period before being ranked against albums a person has loved for years.

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Re: The Best RoadRunner Album ?
« Reply #23 on: February 05, 2016, 04:04:42 PM »
ADTOE easily

This but I voted TA cause I'm so in love with it right now and it clouded my judgement heh
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Re: The Best RoadRunner Album ?
« Reply #24 on: February 05, 2016, 08:19:37 PM »
I still can't take any polls about ranking TA seriously yet.
Voting among the rest, it's kind of splitting hairs (aside from DT12).
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Re: The Best RoadRunner Album ?
« Reply #25 on: February 05, 2016, 10:52:22 PM »
Yep, it's still too early to accurately edge TA, but in time, I can see it topping the first two Mangini albums, for me anyway.

Amazingly, I am starting to like DT12 as much as ADTOE.  ADTOE's best two or three songs are better than anything from DT12, but DT12 is so freaking consistent (every song is an 8 or 9 out of 10). Nothing on ADTOE is bad, but I am still pretty bored with On the Backs of Angels, and while I like both Outcry and Lost Not Forgotten, neither get much play with me anymore. 

I was telling a friend, who is also a big DT fan, about this last week, how if I had to bust Dream Theater down to one mp3 CD (700 MB, nearly 6 1/2 hours worth of music) for the car, ADTOE would get 4-5 songs, but if I had to do two, it'd still probably only get 5 songs (This Is the Life, Bridges in the Sky, Far from Heaven, Breaking All Illusions and Beneath the Surface).

I like both SC and BC&SL, but I think they are probably the two least best DT records (I used to put 8V lower than BC&SL, but not anymore).  SC is a fun record on the right day, but lacks anything really awesome, and BC&SL probably has the least identity of any DT record to date.

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Re: The Best RoadRunner Album ?
« Reply #26 on: February 05, 2016, 10:56:28 PM »
1) The Astonishing
2) A Dramatic Turn of Events
3) Black Clouds & Silver Linings
4) Dream Theater
5) Systematic Chaos

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Re: The Best RoadRunner Album ?
« Reply #27 on: February 05, 2016, 11:38:48 PM »
I voted Systematic Chaos, but yeah, The Astonishing is easily looking like it's gonna bump it down for me. I can't get enough of the new album. But as of right now, Systematic Chaos still holds a nearer and dearer place in my heart.

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Re: The Best RoadRunner Album ?
« Reply #28 on: February 06, 2016, 01:53:38 AM »

TA would've been the best for me if not for the second act.
Pretty much the same, I would put it at a close second if it was just the first act though. But the 2nd act brings the whole thing down. I love Moment of Betrayal and The Walking Shadow, I like every song inbetween plus My Last Farewell. But every song after that bores me to tears.

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Re: The Best RoadRunner Album ?
« Reply #29 on: February 06, 2016, 03:08:20 AM »
Still ADTOE for me.
Same. Although I love The Astonishing as well. In fact, all of these are pretty great except for the self titled one, which was just okay.

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Re: The Best RoadRunner Album ?
« Reply #30 on: February 06, 2016, 03:33:58 AM »
The Anstonishing by far for me!

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« Reply #31 on: February 06, 2016, 04:41:54 AM »
BC&SL, because it's got The Count of Tuscany. I recently rediscovered it, and I cannot find anything wrong with it. I even like the verses with the ridiculous lyrics. The atmospheric JP section with the subsequent ending is pure Dream Theater gold.
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Re: The Best RoadRunner Album ?
« Reply #33 on: February 06, 2016, 05:10:59 AM »
The Astonishing. Before people tell me it's too soon, know that this is already the RoadRunner era album I am most intimately familiar with, rather than sticking to my favourite tracks as I do with the others.

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Re: The Best RoadRunner Album ?
« Reply #34 on: February 06, 2016, 09:36:53 AM »
The Astonishing is the best (at least based on early first impressions, but its future looks pretty bright).

My Roadrunner Ranking currently would be:

1) The Astonishing
2) Dream Theater (2 & 3 sometimes alternate!)
3) A Dramatic Turn Of Events (2 & 3 sometimes alternate!)
4) Black Clouds & Silver Linings
5) Systematic Chaos