Dream Theater
A Change of Seasons


4.5
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Review

by Dying. Feed us? USER (8 Reviews)
November 25th, 2010 | 16 replies | 4,271 views


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The centerpiece track of the same title as the album, is one of the best musical compositions of our time, and a testament to the greatness Dream Theater has displayed throughout their career.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

The pioneers of progressive metal, Dream Theater has released yet another overwhelming success with the release of the EP A Change of Seasons. (One, it should be noted, that is actually longer than most full albums released by most bands.)

The obvious highlight, the song that shares its title with that of the album, is simply one of the greatest pieces of music ever written, and would be worth purchasing all by itself. At nearly 25 minutes long, this is a hefty track, even by Dream Theater standards, yet it never once grows overbearing or boring in any way, shape, or form.

Broken into 7 different movements, this epic is full of time signature changes so expertly crafted within the music that most are difficult to even register at first, long instrumental passages that have been one of Dream Theater's trademarks since their formation, and James LaBrie's soaring falsetto.

This is a concept behind the track, which involves a man going through his difficult life, from the Crimson Sunrise to the Crimson Sunset, the opening and closing movements of the song. There's more to it than that, but the finer details don't have to be understood for the song to be enjoyed. A Change of Seasons speaks for itself, and is a piece of music that everyone should hear at some point in their lifetimes.

The rest of the album is compromised of live DT performances, covering songs by other artists, and, while enjoyable, is mostly just filler to round out the album time. These songs are all very well done, and some even improve upon the original versions of the songs, but none come even remotely close to that 23 minute behemoth.

A Change of Seasons is, in short, one of the single greatest EPs released by any band, ever, and an extremely great purchase for anyone even remotely interested in Dream Theater's extensive catalog.



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Robert Davis CONTRIBUTOR (4)
Change? Nothing new here, just DT doing what they do best. Which is changing their style constantly;...

Austin (4)
Living up to its name, A Change of Seasons is one of the finest works ever created by the band. The ...

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Dream Theater showcase their amazing musical abilities in studio as well as on stage....

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Comments:Add a Comment 
Irving
Staff Reviewer
November 25th 2010



7177 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Solid second review. You manage to convey your ideas with some relative ease, and although there's a LOT of room for improvement, I feel you're off to a good start. The biggest criticism that I have is that your paragraphs tend to feel a bit disjointed and a bit haphazardly stitched together. I'd recommend reading the reviews from other more "seasoned" users or staff/contributor members to get a better feel of how a great review should be done.

Still, good start. Welcome to the site!

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Underflow
November 25th 2010



2556 Comments


I agree with Irving. For such a "behemoth" of a song, you were very brief.

botb
November 25th 2010



9655 Comments


one of the best things they ever did.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
November 25th 2010



15893 Comments


pretty mediocre review but for a 2nd it isn't too bad. keep on reviewing

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Apollo
November 25th 2010



10298 Comments


meh

climactic
November 25th 2010



18725 Comments


song is fucking amazing so when i rated it i disregarded the stupid cover songs

beefshoes
November 26th 2010



3593 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

It would be a 5 but I am not a fan of the covers.
Still.....I prefer Art Of Life to this.

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facupm
February 17th 2014



7502 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i love the first song but the covers kind of ruin it

this should have been released a one track album

Green Baron
February 17th 2014



19861 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It would be EP length then

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climactic
February 17th 2014



18725 Comments


this is considered an EP

never jammed the covers. t/t could be their best song though

Green Baron
February 17th 2014



19861 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's EP in name alone because it's longer than Images and Words and When Day and Dream Unite

facupm
February 17th 2014



7502 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah it makes no sense

VermTheImpaler
February 17th 2014



1360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The self titled track is epicness in its purest form

Green Baron
February 17th 2014



19861 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

20th anny of Awake and 15th of Scenes, gonna play them on tour

facupm
February 17th 2014



7502 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sweet and yeah t/t is epic

Green Baron
February 17th 2014



19861 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

One of their best



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