Dream Theater
Falling into Infinity


4.0
excellent

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by Remial4 USER (3 Reviews)
December 27th, 2006 | 295 replies | 25,689 views


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Grooving, Heartful Guitar Solos and Weird Keyboard Sound Effects = FII. However... Bad Lyrics, No Progression, "Burning My Soul" = FII (sadly).

10 of 11 thought this review was well written

Ok children, let’s be nice. This isn't a bad record; I even encourage you to buy it. We all should know that every DT album has some differences within the sound of their albums, from the neo-classical progressions within WDADU to the down-right heavy TOT. So what does this album sound like? Well, there’s far fewer progressive elements, but that's made up by the tasty grooves within each and every song. And, hey, it's DT so these grooves are going to be extra-tasty with all these time signature changes. Poppy songs are not our enemies so don't criticize how pop-ridden these songs are. Derek also adds a more electronic approach to the keys, which ultimately defines why it sounds are more different to the previous Awake. Lyrics are weak on here, so don't expect the new Learning To Live, anyway this record seems to be far more focused on the music, which should be a thrill for LeBrie haters everywhere. Okay I'm done. I've bulls***ed long enough.
Here's the line-up for the grooviest DT album to date:

James LeBrie - Vocals
Mike Portnoy - Drums/Percussion & Backing Vocals
John Petrucci - Guitars & Backing Vocals
John Myung - Bass/Chapman Stick
Derek Sheirenen - Keyboards

New Millennium
The intro probably sums up what the whole album is going to sound like, grooving bass and guitar with techno-like keyboards, which actually goes pretty well when all mixed together with the musical juices of DT. Good song, some of the craziest sounds you'll hear and Mike Portnoy singing like a girl in the chorus. It indeed goes through many different levels, heavy to poppy. A real mixed opener. 4/5

You Not Me
Well, it's a simple riff repeated over and over, with none of them progressive passages which DT are famous for, just a simple song. However, Derek does add them few magic touches, until he completely overshadows the rest of the band with an interesting outro. It may sound a bit harsh but the outro is actually the best part of the song. 3/5

Peruvian Skies
Maybe a strange way to describe this, but it sounds like a dark, ultimately cool, western song at first listen. That is, until we get to the build up and suddenly DT are making magic again! Then thee guitar solo of the album, which makes the song worth it alone, until fury rips and we're into western progressive metal! It's amazingly brilliant! It's DT of course. See! This album IS good folks! 5/5

Hollow Years
No prog in this song either, but it isn't needed. The better of the ballads in this album and a well constructed pop song. From the lush sounding acoustics to LeBrie's backing vocals, when the "into the waves..." come in. 4/5

Burning My Soul
A failed metal song, to put it bluntly. There really isn't anything to say about this song. No prog, nothing truly inspiring, no DT magic, just a dodgy sounding keyboard solo. Irritating techno voices. I fond the link between the verses and choruses my only salvation. 2/5

Hell's Kitchen
Thank goodness for John P. My favorate DT instrumental, and it is probably their most simplest. A tear jerking guitar solo (I did actually cry...) and quite addictive too. It's classic DT. Majestic, melodic, progressive, and beautiful in every sense! *tear* 5/5

Lines in the Sand
Grooving time!! A pretty phycadelic keyboard intro followed by the tastiest riff DT hae ever written. John Myung does an outstanding job with the rolling bass, highlighting his harmonics, Mike is grooving it up double-bass style, and John P is laying those tasty riffs along with Derek. King's X vocalist guests in this, although his voice sounds far too bluesy for the song. John P's solos are flying high as he has another strong attempt at bring the song back to life when things quiet down, if only he soloed like this on every album. Basically a bog standard build up of getting heavier and heavier, until we groove off to the end. For the riff alone it's worth a listen. 4.5/5

Take Away My Pain
For about 3 seconds I thought I was listening to Tool for a second...Disposition? Anyway it sounds nothing like that song after the guitars come in. No prog in here either, although it's an enjoyable song. Another simple pop song, the guitars in the chorus bring a little life into the ballad, and John P's solo is performed well, although the tone is awful. Three words. Simple. Pop. Cheesy. 3/5

Just Let Me Breathe
More grooving time!!! It isn't really progressive but certainly an enjoyable song, which John M & Mike both gel well together, and the keyboard riff is instantly recognizable. That keyboard/guitar duel also flairs some grooving DT. Do we care what LeBrie is singing about? No! Just listen to the music, it's far more enjoyable! 4/5

Anna Lee
Ok we've neglected LeBrie long enough. He does do a solid performance in this song, probably the best lyrics on the album. This is the piano ballad, one usually appears somewhere in a DT album. While it isn't exactly what you would call a DT classic, it is certainly a beautiful song, and John P yet again does another stunning solo, with all of the fast, technicality of his guitar playing taken out, and it still achieves. We've saved all of the crazy time signature changes, key changes and bizarre experimentation for our closing song though... 4/5

Trail Of Tears
It's songs like this which make me shake in fear of reviewing a DT album, the ones which have all those progressive elements. It opens perfectly, it's constructed well and those little nick-nacks of magic through the keyboards are there, creating an ultimate soundscape. Mike also done a good job with this too. The instrumental section The Wasteland finally shows the extreme technical playing of John P, and yet again, another brilliant solo. Derek also shines with his own signature keyboard tone which would sound very different compared to Jordan Rudess or Kevin Moore. And then the final part, Tears In Heaven, sounds... well, strangely western to begin with, building up and getting heavier, until the outro comes, and we say goodbye with a nice short bass solo by John M. Maybe a bit unfulfilling for some listeners though. 4.5/5

Well what did each member actually input to this album? James LeBrie was responsible for Anne Lee... that's about it.
Mike didn't show too much flair, although he does a solid performance on Just Let Me Breathe
John Myung dished out some extremely groovy bass lines, but that was about it also.
But Derek and John P deserve an A+ musically. They both gelled together perfectly. Derek gave the listeners a whole new different keyboard sound, which showed up as on of the main changes to DT's sound in the alum, while John P decided to lay of them finger steroids and play masterpieces such as Hell's Kitchen. And groove it up on a few other songs.



*Flies away to Derris-Kharlan*


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Jom
Staff Reviewer
December 27th 2006



2594 Comments


Nice t-b-t. I am not a fan of this particular album, although I really like "Peruvian Skies" (I agree with your description/rating) and "Trail of Tears."

Bfhurricane
December 27th 2006



6194 Comments


This is one DT album I have yet to get, and I most definitely will

George
February 1st 2007



20 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent, excellent review.


Lines In The Sand is my favorite, followed by Hell's Kitchen.



8:32 in Lines is sex.


Jim
February 4th 2007



5110 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This album ain't bad in my opinion. Obviously not as strong as the others, but I can really sense a great amount of atmosphere in the songs.
Peruvian Skies and Lines in the Sand ftw.
Anyone else notice the blatant similarity to later Pink Floyd in the album art? Kind of creepy actually...

Altmer
February 4th 2007



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

not a bad album at all, I love Peruvian Skies, Hollow Years, Hell's Kitchen and Trial of Tears.

Lines in the Sand is pure wank though.

George
February 4th 2007



20 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pure wank? on the contrary, I believe.

Remial4
April 8th 2007



99 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Is it just me or is the intro to New Millennium the same as Learning To Live?

Yazz_Flute
April 8th 2007



18735 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I actually quite like burning my soul, though I don't own the full album.

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donteatpieontuesday
May 11th 2007



74 Comments


"Peruvian skies" is just a rip off of "have a cigar" by pink Floyd but the DT version is cooler

Yazz_Flute
May 11th 2007



18735 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I just got this album today, it's my 6th by DT (I sadly still dont own images, i wasa going to get that but the store didnt have it =(

However, this cd dpoesnt seem half bad right now, it actually seems pretty damn good, though i'd say it's my least favorite DT without even listening to half of the album once.

So, all i need are images and WDADU, also ACOS.

Altmer
May 11th 2007



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah this is pretty much their second worst studio album after wdadu

Yazz_Flute
May 12th 2007



18735 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

GOtta say, i was surprised by this album, I think it's quite good (though im still
thinking it's their worst)

I pretty much enjoyed every song, though Take AWay my Pain wasn't too great and
Anna Lee was very boring (and i guess You Not Me couldve been better)

These are my favoerites in order

Lines In the Sand (now in my top 10 DT songs, 7th to be precise)
Peruvian Skies
New Millenium
Trial of Tears
Hell's Kitchen
Hollow Years
Just Let Me Breathe
Burning My Soul
You Not Me
Take away My PAn (only because of the guitar solo)
Anna Lee

it seems like ive been doing these lists a lot now....This Message Edited On 05.12.07

SolaceSoulless
May 13th 2007



3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think this album is much more soft than most of the other DT albums, but I still remain a loyal fan and could never give Dream Theater a bad review. I believe that a key element that keeps DT alive and kicking is their amazing versatility and eclecticism, they constantly are creating music that is different from everything else. They never cease to amaze me, and I can proudly say that they are one of the few bands ever that has kept an awesome sound, individuality, yet not making every album and song sound exactly the same. Amazing musicians- no doubt.

Yazz_Flute
May 18th 2007



18735 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album keeps growing on me with ever listen. And i almost feel like this is a sin, but i think i like it more than octavarium and train of thought atm. I can't stop listening to lines in the sand...i fucking love thatsong....only better DT songs than that (not counting the albums of DT i dont own yet) are Home and Octavarium (and maybe TGP)

I dont own images, WDADU, and ACOS for those who dont remember, but i've heard the title track from ACOS which kicked ass, and i've heard about half of images.

So even though most fans criticize this album, i gotta say that though there are soe noticable flaws, that some of the songs are just....too awesome. The aforementioned Lines in the SAnd, Peruvian Skies, and Trial of Tears are all classic DT imo.


jrowa001
August 1st 2007



8749 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

some reason i just cant ge into this album like all the other DT albums. im sure it will grow on me a little

Yazz_Flute
August 1st 2007



18735 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well, other than ther debut,it is their worst, but I still love it. I enjoy every track here, though I consider "Anna Lee" to be DT's worst song. There are four amazing songs here that i considered DT classics: "Lines in the Sand," "Peruvian Skies," "Trial of Tears," and "New Milenium." In that order, thos are my four favorites on the album.

jrowa001
August 1st 2007



8749 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah i dont think this is necessarily a bad album. i do like Lines In the Sand a lot, im sure my rating will go up soon to a 3.5 at least. ive yet to hear their debut album but im in no hurry haha

Yazz_Flute
August 1st 2007



18735 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

They're debut album would be better with a different lead singer. Charlie Dominici wasn't the right vocalist, he could barel hit the high notes. and he sounded very weak, almost like a little girl actually. Instrumental wise however, it was nothing short of breath taking. It wasn't really a bad album, the vocals just sucked. The best song on it is probably "Only a Matter of Time."


Flyboy
December 3rd 2007



394 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haven't listened to this album yet, and needless to say I am very interested now. I ignored it from their entire catalog. I will listen and they buy on Amazon. Good review by the way!

botb
December 3rd 2007



9284 Comments


This is one of my least favorite DT albums but it's still outstanding.

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