DREAM THEATER — Awake (review)

DREAM THEATER — Awake album cover Album · 1994 · Progressive Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4.5/5 ·
Awake is one of the albums with the biggest number of changes of the rating I have ever handed out. I bought it shortly after its release and liked it quite well, especially the one six star song. The problem was, however, that I slipped into my "folky" phase when I preferred artists like Runrig, U2 and even the Dubliners over Power and Progressive Metal around the millenium. This was the reason why I didn't buy another Dream Theater album for nearly ten years, but after I returned to the more progressive and powerful sounds Awake became one of my favourite albums again.

The six star song had always been in my then much shorter favourite playlist, but it has now been joined by The Silent Man. There are other really good songs on Awake, like the first two parts of the trilogy A Mind Beside Itself which The Silent Man concludes, but none of them is outstanding. I guess that I would have awarded five stars eight years ago, but after I got Octavarium, Systematic Chaos and especially Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence, I can't uphold this rating.

So now it's down to four and a half stars here with just four over at progarchives. You'd like to know the name of the six star song? Sorry for holding back. It is the last track on the album, Space Dye-Vest which I liked for its weird title even before the first listening, and still consider to be the best Dream Theater song (together with Octavarium).
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siLLy puPPy wrote:
more than 2 years ago
For me this is a tail wagger
666sharon666 wrote:
more than 2 years ago
I think it's a solid album, but it's quite far from being my favourite as well. I rate about half their other albums higher than this one.
adg211288 wrote:
more than 2 years ago
It's never been a favourite of mine. I don't listen to these guys an awful lot these days but even when I do I haven't ever felt inspired to put this album on. It's probably time I dragged it out again and see if my opinion has changed. According my last.fm I haven't played some of these tracks since 2009.
Unitron wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Yeah, it is interesting. I've probably heard each album of theirs being called a favorite at least once.
UMUR wrote:
more than 2 years ago
It´s always interesting to hear how different the votes for best Dream Theater album are distributed. There doesn´t seem to be a consensus, which is probably only good, as it implies that they´ve released quite a few great albums. "Awake" is one of my personal favorites too.
Unitron wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Good review, love this album. My favorite along with Train of Thought.


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