DREAM THEATER has almost every single possible base covered with their newest release "Train Of Thought". There's sure to be something pleasing about this album to almost anyone. My first run in with DREAM THEATER was only a semi-pleasant one to be quite honest. I liked them, but there was just something about them that turned me off. I could only listen to so much of them at once. This album however, made me think twice about how "tolerable" DREAM THEATER actually is.
Written in only three weeks, "Train Of Thought" came out to be one of the better albums of 2003. After listening to it in its entirety, it's bluntly obvious that every ounce of each individual member's soul went in together to form this overpowering disc. They've proved that they know no bounds when it comes to musical creativity. Not only is this album heavier than the DREAM THEATER I knew before, it has some of the most amazing solos I've ever heard.
I only have one complaint. While "This Dying Soul" is an incredible track, I felt it was thrown a bit off course when the Rappish style vocals came in. It doesn't last for too long though and it's not enough to ruin the song. It's still one of my favourite tracks on the album.
Minus the little snippets of rapping and the brief appearance of what seems like a METALLICA riff and duplicated vocal pattern (track 2, 7:15), "Train Of Thought" is nothing short of an extraordinary piece of work. (Online January 25, 2004)