How could you truly match up to a Progressive classic like the original “Larks Tongues In Aspic, Pt. 2” by KING CRIMSON? It's one of the greatest Progressive performances and compositions of all time, and while DREAM THEATER does do a great job of it, there's nothing really here that makes the song their own, as a cover should accomplish. With the other 2009, “Odyssey” showed the band really letting go and being original within the confines of the cover.
The cover is performed quite agreeably though. The first 45 seconds or so are a real blast to listen to, but after that, it does get a feeling of being a little bit overdrawn; a feeling that was never felt on the original. The cover sounds far too by-the-numbers to evoke any fresh response from me.
I”m not wholly impressed, but it”s really cool to hear my favourite band play an early Prog classic.
(Online January 26, 2012)