Dream Theater: 'Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory' Album Review

Dream Theater: 'Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory' Album Review

'Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory' is the magnum opus in Dream Theater's entire discography thanks to its technically proficient music that is also very emotionally driven
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Line-up:

James LaBrie - vocals

Jordan Rudess - keyboards

John Petrucci - guitars, backing vocals

Mike Portnoy - drums, backing vocals

John Myung - bass

Additional info:

Produced by John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy

Metropolis Pt.2: Scenes from a Memory is the fifth studio album by American progressive metal Dream Theater, released on October 26, 1999, through Elektra Records. The album's length is 77:06. The album is the sequel to "Metropolis—Part I: 'The Miracle and the Sleeper'", a song previously featured on the band's 1992 album Images and Words. It is also a concept album. It was the first album to feature Jordan Rudess on keyboards. He is definitely one of the best keyboard players of all time and has an immediate impact on the band.

After a somewhat disappointing album in 1997, Metropolis Pt.2: Scenes from a Memory could not have come at a better time. It brings the most soul and emotion of any Dream Theater album, while being just as technically impressive. The story telling and song writing can top anyone in any genre of music. This album is ridiculously strong from start to finish and does not have a single flaw in its entire run time. There is a reason, this album always comes up in the discussion of the best progressive metal and rock albums of all time.

Top Tracks:

1. "Scene Six: Home"

2. "Scene Eight: The Spirit Carries On"

3. "Scene Seven: I. The Dance of Eternity"

4. "Scene Two: II. Strange Deja Vu"

5. "Scene Nine: Finally Free"

Grading Scale:

1-1.5: Garbage

2-2.5: Awful

3-3.5: Bad

4-4.5: Disappointing

5-5.5: Mediocre

6-6.5: Satisfactory

7-7.5: Good

8-8.5: Great

9-9.5: Excellent

10: Perfect

My Verdict:

Metropolis Pt.2: Scenes from a Memory is the band's best work due to the combination of technical mastery and emotion that is rarely matched in the progressive metal genre. James LaBrie's vocal performance is fantastic and all of the other members play at an extremely high level. This album is a one of kind experience that is still mind blowing to this day.

Grade: 10/10

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On April 13th, Taylor Swift posted on her Instagram a picture with the caption "4.26"... since then, every post since has had the same caption, and fans have been theorizing ever since.

1. It's going to be very different from "Reputation"

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Looking at her current pastel Instagram theme, it is very, very different than dark, mysterious vibe from her "Reputation" days.

2. This will be one of Taylor's happiest albums yet

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtuMOFmlDm5/

Taylor has stayed out of the media for the most part since the release of "Reputation", and I believe that she's enjoyed her time, focusing on her music, friends, family, and relationships during this downtime.

3. This album will reflect on her childhood

https://www.instagram.com/p/BwPvbUWjsgR/

In 2016, in an interview with Glamour magazine, Taylor revealed that she was bullied in school, and her mom would often take her to T.J.Maxx after school to look at the opal jewelry in order to cheer her up. On April 14th, she posted a picture of jewelry, including opal. Also, one could say that her current Instagram profile picture has an opal tone to it. These could be hints to Taylor tapping into her childhood for her newest album. Oh, and she dressed up as a "childhood hero" for a New Year's Eve party...

4. ...But also focus on moving forward

https://www.instagram.com/p/BuUrV5hl-5B/

From her fresh, pastel Instagram theme to the flowers, butterflies, and overall springy vibes, Taylor has an airy, happy vibe that yells fresh, new life. Perhaps the album will also focus on her rising above everything from "Reputation" and all of the new things in her life.

5. It's going to have hidden eggs placed within the lyrics

https://www.instagram.com/p/BuRqXqqlshV/

All Swift fans know that Taylor loves to play games and create puzzles for us to figure out leading up to album releases. Why does the album itself have to be any different? Hopefully TS7 will have hidden gems in it as well...

6. Jack Antonoff and Max Martin will be back

https://www.instagram.com/p/BwTItkEDh9d/

Jack and Max have been with Taylor since "1989," and I don't think they're going anywhere. If they made it through the sound shift between Swift's 5th and 6th albums, they can work with whatever new ideas Taylor comes up with.

7. If the old Taylor is dead, I think TS7 will be when the new Taylor fully emerges

https://www.instagram.com/p/BumUfpXFKaL/

There's been some butterfly emojis and imagery flying around on Taylor's Instagram, and in a way, I think TS7 will be Taylor emerging from her cocoon of sorts into a butterfly. "Reputation" showed that she was capable of change, and this new album will show a more mature version of Taylor.

Chances are all of these are 100% wrong... but hey, it's fun to theorize while we wait for her new single/album to drop on April 26th.

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