Sound — 10
The sound of Dream theater is like no other band out there-full of timing changes, key changes, insanely difficult riffs for all instruments involved and overall brilliantly constructed songs. They have a heavier sound on this album than from Scenes. The Glass Prison but it is still a very progressive album and is not as dark as the follow up Train Of Thought. Six Degrees itself is an epic song, although one does get the feeling that although in theory, it's one song you can hear subtle changes as it progresses so you cannot think of it as one song. Some great keyboard solos on Blind Faith, interesting guitar distortion towards the end of Misunderstood and a very sombre feeling is given through Disappear. Top notch stuff!
Lyrics — 8
I know a lot of people out there aren't fond of their lyrics but I think they do quite well in this department (although they have challenged religion quite enough times now) but in 6 Degrees Mike's lyrics for Glass Prison (about his alcohol addiction and the first in a series of interconnected songs-This Dying Soul (Train Of Thought) and Root Of All Evil (Octavarium)) are intense and brilliant, John does some nice challenging religion lyrics with Blind Faith and also stem cell research with The Great Debate. Good stuff!
Overall Impression — 10
Another great accomplishment from the world's most technically brilliant band! Very progressive thoroughout and heavier than previous albums. Mike dazzles on his kit (he won best recorded performance for this) John is, well, John-probably the greatest technical and just amazing guitarist of all time, Myung always astounds and Jordan is so quick around the keyboard it's hard to comprehend how awesome he is. James voice is on top form too! Great album-get it if you want an edgier DT sound! Top 5 tracks (in no order) The Glass Prison, Blind Faith, Goodnite Kiss, Solitary Shell, tie with Misunderstood and Overture.