Sound — 10
This dream theater album is in my opinion the best sounding CD. It's more progressive, and experimental. Also, they've put a lot of different styles into the songs on it, like the ballads "The Spirit Carries On", "One Last Time", and "Through Her Eyes". Then there's the heavy songs, "Beyond This Life", and "Home", which, by the way are my two favourites. So if you're into variosity (forgive my spelling), I'd definately recommend this album.
Lyrics — 10
This is the most important and impressive part of the CD, if you ask me. The lyrics tells the listener a very interresting story involving ghosts, murders, hypnotists, and jealousy, and LaBrie does a very good job not giving away too much so the listener has to figure it out by themselves with the clues they are given throughout the album. Also, the vocal range is very impressive. I'd almost say he's on level with Freddie Mercury on this album.
Overall Impression — 10
I find this album, as I've stated above, to be the best they've ever written. The most impressive songs would be "Beyond This Life", "Dance Of Eternity", "Home" and "Fatal Tragedy". I love the way the songs all in some way fit together, and the album definately sounds better if you listen to it as a whole. I can't really say I hate anything about, and if it were stolen I'd beat the person who took it down and rub it in his nose that he didn't have it and I did.