Sound — 10
Dream Theater, a progressive metal band, is known for their unique sound, from heavy guitar riffs to Rush-like vocals, as a powerful band. Black Clouds & Silver Linings is their 10th studio record, and shows the bands growth in their sound, and shows they are not done yet.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics, as in all Dream Theater songs, are VERY well written, often by John Petrucci or Mike Portnoy, and are very well performed by James LaBrie. 01. A Nightmare to Remember: a powerful, haunting song about a car crash that John Petrucci was in as a child. The long intro to the song brings tension, and when complied with the lyrics and fast double-bass drumming, this is a very strong, and long, song. 02. A Rite Of Passage: a song with a lyrical theme of "freemasonry", is a very memorable song. With powerful guitar and keyboard leads, with changing time signatures and tempos, this is a classic Dream Theater style song. Definately Reccomended. 03. Wither: a slower song, with a similarity to "Another Day" off of "Images and Words", with the slow ballad type verses and choruses, and a great guitar solo. The lyrics were written by John Petrucci, about the character having a "writers block". Overall, a beautiful song. 04. The Shattered Fortress: Lyrics written by Mike Portnoy, it is the final piece to the "Twelve-Step Suite", which started on 2002's "Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence". Heavy 7 string riffs, and a suprising melody from "The Root Of All Evil" with changed lyrics, this song is a masterpiece. 05. The Best Of Times: Yet another song written by Mike Portnoy about his father, who died of cancer. Lyrics are strong and heartfelt, and a truly beautiful song. There isnt much else to say. 06. The Count Of Tuscany: Listening to this song is like reading a story. A very good story. You may be discouraged by looking at the length (more than nineteen minutes), but this is truly a standout song. The lyrics were written by John Petrucci, about a actual event that occured to him in, well Tuscany. This is a very good song, and if it was the only song on the album, I would definately pay full price for it.
Overall Impression — 10
This album is another Dream Theater masterpiece. Everything about it is simply amazing. The most impressive songs are, actually its every one of them. No fillers on this album! I love everything about this album, and would replace it in a heartbeat if it was stolen or lost. Do your ears a favor and buy this album.