While the QUEEN medley “Tenement Funster/Flick Of The Wrist/Lily Of The Valley” has left the most lasting impression on me among DREAM THEATER's 2009 covers, it was this instrumental “Odyssey” (originally done by one of Jordan Rudess' old bands, DIXIE DREGS) that blew my mind the most upon initial listen.
At times this is more along the lines of a 'DREAM THEATER style' than DREAM THEATER has cared to do in a long time. It's very chaotic at times, with a lot of time signature changes. There are also rather laid back parts to add to the mix as well however; somehow John Petrucci manages to make his guitar sound like a violin! Just listen and you'll know what I'm talking about.
This is a perfect cover for DREAM THEATER's instrumentalists to do because it lets them put their virtuosic talents to good use, without giving a bunch of room to meander and solo. Very impressive display of musicianship, and my second favourite cover of the “Uncovered (2008- 2009)” batch...
(Online February 12, 2012)