Dream Theater
Awake


5.0
classic

Review

by robnathanson USER (12 Reviews)
January 17th, 2005 | 41 replies | 10,098 views


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist


3 of 6 thought this review was well written

DREAM THEATRE IS:
James LaBrie--Voices
Mike Portnoy--Drums and percussion
Kevin Moore--Keyboards
John Myung--Bass
John Petrucci--Guitar

AWAKE is Dream Theatre's 3rd studio Album. It was released in 1994. They have an all star lineup of some of the greatest musicians of our day.

James LaBrie is a great vocalist (who at times sounds like Geddy Lee) He has great range and is an all around great singer. Mike Portnoy is one of the greatest drummers of his generation. John Petrucci is an amazing guitarist, enough said. Myung and Moore are excellent at their respective instruments as well, and all combine to form Dream Theatre.

~Track by Track~
6:00-one of the best songs to kick of an album ever. riught from the opening note it's full of energy. Awesome work from Petrucci, Myung, Moore and Portnoy! Labrie comes in and just amazes me. A High Energy track, one of the greatest I've ever heard.....but wait...the album gets better!
4.5/5

Caught in a web--
opens with a great bass riff and keyboards! great teamwork by Myung and Moore. This track has high energy also, but the speed is slowed considderably from 6:00. The song I think, is about someone who just can't fit in, no matter what he does to try. He is caught "in a web" of fear and lies. Doesn't realize that he'd fit in better if he would just be himeslef and not try to fit in.
4/5

Innocence faded--
Best song intro ever, albeit short. Even better than Sweet Child O' Mine. the song is slowed considderably. the energy isn't as high as in the previous 2 songs, but the pace is great for this song. This song fits in the album perfectly. Ends with an awesome instrumental portion.
4/5

Erotomania--
Awesome instrumental. Everyone is great. perfect cong for this point in the album (4 songs in) haha
5/5

Voices--
this song opens with a great instrumental portion, high energy, low speed, that dies almost completely when the voice kicks in. During the verse, the music is very slow and quiet. a perfect slower song, and never losing the spirit of Dream Theatre or the album. The music picks up, and gets faster and harder during the chorus however, and during the (not totally musical) interlude [Dialogue by rap artist Prix-mo reading from the book "Cultural Revolution".] then the pace slows down for a new verse. This song runs 9:53.
5/5

The Silent Man--
This is the shortest songh on the CD running only 3:48. This song runs for about 1:00-1:15 with just a [acoustic] guitar and vocals, then soft drums kick in for a little bit before fading, and keyboards come in, soft and only for a limited time. This is the shortest song, and slowest song on the cd. Still great, emotional.
4.5/5

The Mirror--
this opens with much more power than the previous song, but it's not as emotional, and doesn't carry the same power [even though it's louder and faster]. Has lots of energy though, and that counts for a lot.
4/5

Lie--
More melodic singing than the previous songs, one of the hardest rocking songs on the album. bass driven, drums and guitar carry the beat well, and keyboards are evident also. excellent vocals, and singing and musicianship. One of my favourites on the album.
4.75/5

Lifting shadows off a dream--
slow bass intro, great for the song; set's the pace nicely. the vocals are soft and smooth, the songs is emotional, and peaceful, and great all at the same time. Not the best on the album, but great all the same.
3.75/5

Scarred--
this is the longest song on the CD running at 11:00, opens to an almost jazz sounding bass/drum riff, and then a guitar piece that sounds like it could be David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) and the song as a whole gets louder, and pace slows and just a great all around song. keeps you interested the whole way through. even if you hate long songs, you'll like this one!
5/5

Space Dye Vest--
this opens with a lone piano. quiet undominant drums come in here. There is a sample of Julian Sands from the film "A Room With A View" and quiet melancholy vocalsset the tone nicely.guitar and bass, although evident are over powered by the piano, which is (obviously) the main instrument in this song.
5/5

OK, here we go.....
this the the first Dream Theater CD I owned. They are a very very underrated band (at least where I live), and they deserve much more credit than they get. this CD is amazing in all aspects, and anyone can enjoy it at one point or another.

5/5



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George
February 16th 2005



20 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

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.This Message Edited On 08.15.05

George
February 16th 2005



20 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good jobThis Message Edited On 08.15.05

the2stranger
February 17th 2005



130 Comments


you spellded dream theater wrong a several times, they hate being called dream theatre.
it is: DREAM THEATER

you should give the song by song review a bit more dept, for de the rest, not a bad review

cheers

Praiz
February 17th 2005



14 Comments


You spelled alot of shit wrong in your post too "the2stranger".

Maybe you should learn to "spellded" better.

the2stranger
February 18th 2005



130 Comments


well, sorry dude, calm down!

I was just pointing out a few things.

and yes: I suck at typing + english isn't my native language.

and this is no spelling contest, it's just confusing if you misspell the name of a band.
It could be a completely different band.

I didn't mean to bring anyone down( unlike you it seems), just trying to give some advice, and no one's perfect.

does anyone have to be perfect to gove advice? :confused:

mprules
March 4th 2005



10 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yes, they must "give" it, i forgot what gove means, and guess what english in basically any other country ebsides america is different, theatre is the more common spelling so if they make a mistake, dont be a dickhead

ok, great album, i love it and i prefer it to images and words, more catchy and better bunch of songs IMO, good review

mprules
March 20th 2005



10 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

you were quite patronising in the way you corrected his spelling son....also you spelling spelt wrong is really lame....but this album is really under rated, probably in their top three best

ThePanicInNeedlePark
April 1st 2005



13 Comments


hmmm why was my screen name mprules for that comment ?^?^?^?^

drummin_666
April 24th 2005



9 Comments


great album
good review

whitetrashcoldwar
August 10th 2005



18 Comments


Now i have a very smart question...whats probably the best DT album?

George
August 15th 2005



20 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

6doit

Priestmetal
August 16th 2005



542 Comments


hmm... I would defently have to disagree with 6doit. I would go with either Scenes from a Memory, Awake, or Images and Words. But my opinion probably isnt the best due to the fact that I am not a huge Dream Theater fan.

scenesfromatheater
December 28th 2005



11 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

DT's best album. 5/5. Incredible.

fisky009
January 20th 2006



813 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Where do you live anyways robnathanson for DT to be so underrated. Most rockers love DT to death

ZildjianCobra35
January 25th 2006



2 Comments


Mike Portnoy one of the greatest drummers of his generation? try ALL TIME...Hes definately up there with John Bohnam and Neil Pert and if you watch his DVDs you'll be blown away by what this guy does. Even if ur one of those guitarists who are like "stupid drummers its so easy whatever anybody can do that"..just watch...Mike Portnoy is defiantely my favorite drummer...oh yea good album too =P

BigRoachy
February 9th 2006



50 Comments


No Werio, you aren't the only one.
Just thought I'd add that.

DarkPansy
February 11th 2006



1 Comments


I disagree, fisky009. DT are way underrated in Australia, where I live, and its anything but a hole. I only know one or two other people who have heard of them. And Mike Portnoy is an awsome drummer; some of those time signatures are pretty complex and he switches just like that. Him and Petrucci are easily the best in the band.

Anyway this album kicks ass. It's the only one so far I've liked right off the bat. From 'The Silent Man' onwards it's fantastic. I haven't heard 'Images and Words' but it's way better than 'A Change of Seasons' and possibly tying with 'Scenes From a Memory'. Love it

M7S
February 11th 2006



13 Comments


You screwed up at points,

Caught in a web doesn't start off with only Myung and Moore, Petrucci plays a 7 string. Duh.

Anyways, okay album, probably DT's worst after FIA imo.

hardcoresucks
March 16th 2006



13 Comments


"But my opinion probably isnt the best due to the fact that I am not a huge Dream Theater fan."
How much more obvious can you get, you don't like dreamtheater, so you wouldnt give them a good review
clap......clap.......clap
Anyway, im a huge dt fan and "Awake" is one of the best


Overture
May 21st 2006



6 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a bit overrated album in my opinion, I couldn't possibly put it before IAW for
example. Innocence faded, Lifting shadows off a dream and Scarred are pretty
boring and just won't stand out. Rest of the album is great though. 3.5/5This Message Edited On 05.22.06



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