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Re: Falling Into Infinity a re-listen
« Reply #105 on: June 08, 2017, 09:04:41 AM »
You not me and take away my pain just ruin this album for me.

A New Millenium and Lines In The Sand do for me.

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Re: Falling Into Infinity a re-listen
« Reply #106 on: June 12, 2017, 10:21:28 AM »
Whew......I'm glad I'm not the only one who loves this album.  Thanks to all of your positive responses!

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Re: Falling Into Infinity a re-listen
« Reply #107 on: June 14, 2017, 01:03:11 PM »
Whew......I'm glad I'm not the only one who loves this album.  Thanks to all of your positive responses!

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« Reply #108 on: July 07, 2017, 07:41:44 AM »
Interesting..I absolutely LOVE the snare sound on this album.

I love the drums sound and production on this record.
When the album was released, I was hoping for more technical songs, but loved to hear its melodic stuff. Songs like Hollow Years and Hell's Kitchen are still personal favorites.
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Re: Falling Into Infinity a re-listen
« Reply #109 on: July 07, 2017, 04:54:05 PM »
I love FII

There is no other DT album that sounds like it and I think the songs sound great and are really well written. Different style, but maintaining quality.

With songs like Hell's kitchen, lines in the sand and trial of tears, this album is very cool.
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« Reply #110 on: July 08, 2017, 12:08:36 PM »
I think FII has the best production of any DT album.
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« Reply #111 on: July 08, 2017, 09:23:58 PM »
It does.  Still one of my favorite DT albums, and part of that is because it just sounds so good.

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Re: Falling Into Infinity a re-listen
« Reply #112 on: July 10, 2017, 09:09:12 AM »
It does.  Still one of my favorite DT albums, and part of that is because it just sounds so good.

Agreed completely. Kevin Shirley handled production and mixing, didn't he? A perfect choice.
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Re: Falling Into Infinity a re-listen
« Reply #113 on: July 10, 2017, 11:47:41 AM »
Yep.  Kevin Shirley.

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« Reply #114 on: July 10, 2017, 06:25:40 PM »
Began following the band in '03, but did not purchase this until a couple weeks after seeing DT in '07 during the CiM tour (yup....I thought they were doing 'Xanada' as the first encore....).  It was like a breath of fresh air after the dark and heavy SC.  I listen to my edited version quite often for the simple reason that I like it, whether I'm driving the freeways or sitting at the computer.

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Re: Falling Into Infinity a re-listen
« Reply #115 on: July 10, 2017, 10:07:58 PM »
Man, I've had Take Away My Pain stuck in my head for a few days now.  I had to revisit FII because of that, and man, I really do love this album.  I need to check out the demos that everyone has mentioned.  Looks like it's not available anymore on Ytsejam Records, though, which is a bummer.
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« Reply #116 on: August 25, 2017, 03:09:30 AM »
I love this album, especially Hell's Kitchen .. I hope to God they play it for the Melbourne concert.
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Re: Falling Into Infinity a re-listen
« Reply #117 on: August 25, 2017, 04:21:48 AM »
FII is very solid DT album, and underrated IMO by everyone who doesn't like DT. It sounds very good, probably the best DT sounding album. Sherinian work is incredible out there. But, to be honest I prefer You Not Me demos version than album one ;)
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Re: Falling Into Infinity a re-listen
« Reply #118 on: August 25, 2017, 09:26:10 AM »
When I first became a fan, around 2007, this was one of the weaker albums for me. As the years have gone by, I've come to appreciate it more and more. Yes, its less technical and less heavy, but it maintains the atmosphere they had in their old days and has some excellent, deep lyrics. Bar one or two songs, this album still has a lot of the "magic" and intrigue that is sadly missing from 90% of their post six degrees material, Imo (though I still enjoy them, of course). I would say its a better album that octavarium, sc, black clouds, s/t and astonishing.

I would probably place it 6th or 7th behind images, awake, scenes, six degrees, tot and adtoe. And while that seems low its just because of how brilliant those aforementioned albums are.

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Re: Falling Into Infinity a re-listen
« Reply #119 on: August 25, 2017, 10:08:09 AM »
I like FII more than SFAM.

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Re: Falling Into Infinity a re-listen
« Reply #120 on: August 25, 2017, 12:57:47 PM »
My playlist:

01 - Trial of tears
02 - Hollow years
03 - You not me
04 - Take away my pain
05 - Just let me breathe
06 - New millennium
07 - Peruvian skies
08 - Burning my soul
09 - Hell's kitchen
10 - Lines in the sand
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Re: Falling Into Infinity a re-listen
« Reply #121 on: August 25, 2017, 01:06:20 PM »
I like FII more than SFAM.

I find myself listening to FII more than Scenes, but if I were to be objective, I still have to say that Scenes is just a better album.

Maybe not by a country mile but more consistent, better recorded.... James doesn't sound like he is singing through a twin reverb in his bathroom....

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Re: Falling Into Infinity a re-listen
« Reply #122 on: August 25, 2017, 01:56:07 PM »
Scenes is a more challenging listen, but more rewarding.  I don't listen to it as often, simply because I kinda feel like I "have to" listen to it all in one sitting, for obvious reasons.

At this point, Falling Into Infinity is probably my third or even second favorite Dream Theater album.

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« Reply #123 on: August 25, 2017, 02:15:21 PM »
Yeah, depending on what day of the week it may be my second or third favorite to.

I'll second that.

for all it's inconsistency there is a spontaneity to it that I just love.

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Re: Falling Into Infinity a re-listen
« Reply #124 on: August 25, 2017, 09:17:56 PM »
I didn't like this album when I first heard it in 2001 which is when I first got into Dream Theater. I was so into the band that I bought Live Scenes and I rarely buy live albums. I wanted moar and moar of the band so I bought any album I could find without even hearing any songs beforehand.

To steal the comparison someone else made in this thread years ago, Falling Into Infinity was like Metallica's Load: shockingly different. Every few years I'd give FII a half-hearted listen and never got into it. However a few months ago I listened to it and actually enjoyed it. I was very drunk at the time so I'll have to give it another listen while sober.

What's interesting in my case is that I can give a somewhat objective comparison between the official album and the demos since I don't have any emotional investment in either. I'm not very familiar with the studio version because I've only listened to it a handfull of times since 2001. I no longer strongly dislike the studio version and I've never heard the demo version in its entirety. So since I am off for a month I am going to listen to both versions a few times and see which one I like better. Should be a decent experiment.
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Re: Falling Into Infinity a re-listen
« Reply #125 on: August 28, 2017, 08:54:55 PM »
I have to say, FII is no longer my least or second or third least favorite DT album. Those would be DT12 and The Astonishing (WDaDU is my least favorite due to lack of JLB and poor sound quality, but not because of the music itself.)