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Which do you prefer, Images & Words, or The Astonishing?

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Favorite Dream Theater album between these two?
« on: February 13, 2024, 05:49:20 PM »
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"images & words" is like the epitome of classic dream theater, right? it's got those intricate, mind-bending instrumentals, the signature petrucci guitar work, and labrie's vocals soaring over the complex arrangements. it's a prog metal masterpiece, no doubt.

now, fast forward to "the astonishing." on the surface, it seems like a departure, with its concept album narrative and orchestral elements. but here's the thing - strip away the orchestration, the storyline, and what you've got is dream theater doing what they do best – crafting epic, ambitious compositions.

both albums showcase the band's technical prowess and their ability to weave complex musical narratives. "images & words" is more straightforward, hitting you with prog metal brilliance, while "the astonishing" takes a theatrical, conceptual approach. but at their core, both albums share dream theater's DNA.

think about it – the emphasis on storytelling through music, the dynamic shifts, and those extended instrumental passages. sure, the presentation differs, but the essence is remarkably similar. they're like two chapters in the same book, exploring different facets of dream theater's sonic palette.
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Re: Favorite Dream Theater album between these two?
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2024, 12:44:29 AM »
I like The Astonishing quite a bit, but I predict that this will be an absolute landslide victory for Images & Words. I also don’t really see the similatprities between the two albums, other than that they were both made by ‘Dream Theater’.
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Re: Favorite Dream Theater album between these two?
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2024, 02:28:59 AM »
Well, since I can select two options, I'm voting for both, as I do love both.  ;D

But I do prefer Images and Words.

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Re: Favorite Dream Theater album between these two?
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2024, 08:08:50 AM »
You mean between my #1 DT album (and a Top 10 album of all time) and my least favourite by a huge margin?

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Re: Favorite Dream Theater album between these two?
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2024, 08:41:00 AM »
I don't rate Images as high as some people (probably my #4 of the DT albums) but it's 8 great songs and a classic album and The Astonishing is 2 ½ hours that feels like 6 hours where the most memorable part is "father is this true? bug was always you" for all the wrong reasons.

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Re: Favorite Dream Theater album between these two?
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2024, 08:49:08 AM »
This entire thread feels like a giant troll, but there's something about the logic of the OP that I can't seem to penetrate–this might literally be the moment where AI begins its assault on humanity.

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Re: Favorite Dream Theater album between these two?
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2024, 12:31:17 PM »
I'm surprised it's (currently) only 11-6, but I suspect that's at least partly a reflection of the relatively small number of forum members who check this section.
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Re: Favorite Dream Theater album between these two?
« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2024, 01:00:19 PM »
Images & Words by 12 parsecs.
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Re: Favorite Dream Theater album between these two?
« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2024, 10:58:21 AM »
I respect I&W more than I actually like it, but it's still not close. Listening to The Astonishing is like watching The Room. It's funny, but it's really not good.

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Re: Favorite Dream Theater album between these two?
« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2024, 01:25:20 PM »
Wow, a poll in P&S that isn't a survivor

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Re: Favorite Dream Theater album between these two?
« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2024, 01:08:02 PM »
Wow, a poll in P&S that isn't a survivor

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Re: Favorite Dream Theater album between these two?
« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2024, 02:30:11 PM »
I’m afraid to ask, but why did you make it possible to select both?

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Re: Favorite Dream Theater album between these two?
« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2024, 05:01:47 PM »
I’m afraid to ask, but why did you make it possible to select both?

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Re: Favorite Dream Theater album between these two?
« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2024, 07:19:33 AM »
What a way to go out, the guy couldn't even post a poll correctly  :lol.

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Re: Favorite Dream Theater album between these two?
« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2024, 07:25:08 AM »
What a way to go out, the guy couldn't even post a poll correctly  :lol.

some people just can't pick between the two, so i wanted to give those folks an option
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Re: Favorite Dream Theater album between these two?
« Reply #15 on: May 30, 2024, 01:00:47 PM »
some people just can't pick between the two, so i wanted to give those folks an option

Did you? Or did you just mess up?


Also allowing people to choose both kind of defeats the purpose of the poll.



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Re: Favorite Dream Theater album between these two?
« Reply #16 on: May 31, 2024, 07:27:31 PM »
Did you? Or did you just mess up?


Also allowing people to choose both kind of defeats the purpose of the poll.



Also Images.

I wanted to give the option, yes
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