Sound — 8
Usual dream theater power, complete with quirky time changes and sudden mood swings. Progressive metal at its...no, NEAR its peak. Enough good drumming and heavy guitar parts to clasify as metal. But beware: lots of keyboards here. Two tracks with lovely piano melodies...
Lyrics — 6
Only a 3 because I found the lyrics somewhat lacking. They were just too bland, the actual vocals are done spectacularly, but the lyrics were just flat: no imagery, little innovation. The whole cd is about a love story, and it takes place as a man in a hypnotists room is... That's right! Hypnotised! And remembers stuff.
Overall Impression — 8
The album flows well, with the music following the lyrics, getting violent at times, and then sorrowful at others. Dream theater has done better...I would recommend "A change of seasons", but this album is very good in its own right. A very good buy if you're already a prog metal fan (then you probably already have it) or if you're willing to experiment.