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  • Grade the songs in A Dramatic Turn of Events
    October 7, 2011 - 6:23pm

    Hello !

    I guess we are all listening to the new album, A Dramatic Turn of Events. In my opinion, songs are great. My points for the songs are:

    On the Backs of Angels - 8/10

    Build Me Up, Break Me Down - 7/10

    Lost Not Forgotten - 9.5/10 (So POWERFUL)

    This Is The Life - 8/10

    Bridges In The Sky - 9/10 (Chorus=Nirvana)

    Outcry - 8/10

    Far From Heaven - 7/10

    Breaking All Illusions - 10/10 (Absolutely Brilliant)

    Beneath The Surface - 7/10

    I wanted to learn your opinion, I would be happy if you grade the songs, or at least tell your favourites.

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Batur Togay's picture
on October 7, 2011 - 6:23pm

Hello !

I guess we are all listening to the new album, A Dramatic Turn of Events. In my opinion, songs are great. My points for the songs are:

On the Backs of Angels - 8/10

Build Me Up, Break Me Down - 7/10

Lost Not Forgotten - 9.5/10 (So POWERFUL)

This Is The Life - 8/10

Bridges In The Sky - 9/10 (Chorus=Nirvana)

Outcry - 8/10

Far From Heaven - 7/10

Breaking All Illusions - 10/10 (Absolutely Brilliant)

Beneath The Surface - 7/10

I wanted to learn your opinion, I would be happy if you grade the songs, or at least tell your favourites.

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Jorge Armando's picture

On the Backs of Angels - 9/10

Build Me Up, Break Me Down - 9/10

Lost Not Forgotten - 9.5/10

This Is The Life - 9/10

Bridges In The Sky - 10/10

Outcry - 9/10

Far From Heaven - 8.5/10

Breaking All Illusions - 9/10

Beneath The Surface - 8.5/10

There :)

australiandt's picture

On the Backs of Angels - 8/10

Build Me Up, Break Me Down - 9/10

Lost Not Forgotten - 9/10

This Is The Life - 9/10

Bridges In The Sky - 10/10

Outcry - 8.5/10

Far From Heaven - 10/10

Breaking All Illusions - 1000/10

Beneath The Surface - 8.5/10

Canuck's picture

1. On the Backs of Angels = B+
2. Build Me Up, Break Me Down = A-
3. Lost Not Forgotten = A+
4. This is the Life = A+
5. Bridges in the Sky = A
6. Outcry = A-
7. Far From Heaven = B
8. Breaking all Illusions = A
9. Beneath the Surface = A-

pdurbin22's picture

For me it's almost like 2 albums. The first 33 minutes are pretty good:

1. On The Backs Of Angels - 8/10 (Great song, perfect 'Dream Theater 101', just wish the chorus had a little more to it)
2. Build Me Up Break Me Down - 7/10 (The chorus saves it; otherwise it's just too darn 2001 nu-metal)
3. Lost Not Forgotten - 8/10 (Very good song with great energy; but a bit too much of "Glass Moon" rewrite for it to be truly great)
4. This Is The Life - 7/10 (I love DT ballads, but this one is just too bland. The intro/outro is fantastic, though)

And the next 44 minutes are spectacular:

5. Bridges In The Sky - 10/10 (Just perfect. Possibly their greatest chorus ever, and probably in my Top 5 DT songs)
6. Outcry - 9/10 (Great power and great middle jam that doesn't sound as out of place as others from past albums)
7. Far From Heaven - 9/10 (Outstanding piano ballad with such great emotion)
8. Breaking All Illusions - 10/10 (Along with Bridges, one of the greatest things the band has ever recorded)
9. Beneath The Surface - 10/10 (Now this is a DT ballad. Subtle yet powerful. Great way to close the album)

Mariana's picture

1. On the Backs of Angels - 9/10

2. Build Me Up, Break Me Down - 5/10

3. Lost Not Forgotten - 7/10

4. This is the Life - 8/10

5. Bridges in the Sky - 10/10

6. Outcry 9/10

7. Far From Heaven 8/10

8. Breaking all Illusions - 10/10

9. Beneath the Surface 9/10

floyducci's picture

On The Backs Of Angels - 8/10
Build Me Up, Break Me Down - 7/10
Lost Not Forgotten - 10/10 PETRUCCI's solos make me crazy :o
This Is The Life- 9/10
Bridges In The Sky - 9/10
Outcry - 10/10 instrumental parts : incredible
Far From Heaven - 9/10 after more listening is more beautiful
Breaking All Illusions - 11/10 awesome from: 0'00'' to 12'23'' :D
Beneath The Surface - 9/10

Soulfire's picture

I'm going to rate out of 5.

1. On The Back of Angels - 5/5
2. Build Me Up, Break Me Down - 4/5
3. Lost Not Forgotten- 4/5
4. This Is Life - 3/5
5. Bridges In The Sky - 5/5
6. Outcry - 3/5
7. Far From Heaven - 4/5
8. Breaking All Illusions - 5/5
9. Beneath The Surface - 3/5

rjamesohio's picture

My first post here. Got turned onto to DT by my sons, and we have seen them live several times and own just about every album.

While there have been outstanding albums in the past, I believe that Mangini made the band BETTER somehow. Before all the Portnoy fans jump on that and lose the point - I think A Dramatic Change of Events is the most MUSICAL DT album ever, and I do believe that Mangini's drumming lends much to that.

In the past - the band was simply PHYSICAL, and while they had lyrical moments that were epic, the sheer # of triumphant moments on this album are incredible.

Have to agree with the consensus that Breaking all Illusions is just astounding. My favorite section is from 5:00 to 6:00 mark, but others have pointed out later sections.

I won't argue with any of it - we don't need to. They NAILED this album, and I do believe it is my favorite from them. Am I dissing Portnoy? Nope - just hope he finds another creative outlet. Sometimes Change is Good.

Perhaps another Liquid Tension Project?

guitarob's picture

1. On The Back of Angels - 8/10
2. Build Me Up, Break Me Down - 7/10
3. Lost Not Forgotten- 6/10
4. This Is Life - 8/10
5. Bridges In The Sky - 10/10
6. Outcry - 7/10
7. Far From Heaven - 8/10
8. Breaking All Illusions - 10/10
9. Beneath The Surface - 10/10

My absolute favorite is Bridges in the Sky, that chorus is just completely awesome. Followed closely by Breaking all Illusions which has so much depth musically, and Beneath the Surface, which is just a dark melodic masterpiece.

KVK's picture

On the Backs of Angels - 8.5/10

Build Me Up, Break Me Down - 7/10

Lost Not Forgotten - 9.5/10

This Is The Life - 7/10

Bridges In The Sky - 10/10

Outcry - 7.5/10

Far From Heaven - 6/10

Breaking All Illusions - 9/10

Beneath The Surface - 8.5/10

Filthy Beast's picture

On the Backs of Angels - 8.5
Build Me Up Break Me Down - 7.5
Lost Not Forgotten - 7.5 (Sounds a little disjointed to me)
This is the Life - 9.5 (Overlooked initially, but now really growing with me, terrific lyrics)
Bridges in the Sky - 10 (My early favorite)
Outcry - 9
Far From Heaven - 8.5 (for some reason I keep picturing this song as part of a montage in a movie soundtrack)
Breaking All Illusions - 9.5 (love JP's solo)
Beneath the Surface - 8 (great vocals, just a little slow for me)

Overall, ADTOE is super solid from top to bottom

N.A.D.S.'s picture

On the Backs of Angels - 8/10

Build Me Up, Break Me Down - 8/10

Lost Not Forgotten - 9/10

This Is The Life - 7/10

Bridges In The Sky - 11/10 A total monster!

Outcry - 10/10

Far From Heaven - 7/10

Breaking All Illusions - 10/10

Beneath The Surface - 7/10

yogi's picture

1. On The Back of Angels - 7/10
2 Build Me Up,Break Me Down - 6/10
3. Lost Not Forgotten- 7/10
4. This Is Life - 8/10
5. Bridges In The Sky - 7/10
6. Outcry - 8/10
7. Far From Heaven - 10/10
8. Breaking All Illusions - 10/10
9. Beneath The Surface - 6/10

* GREAT GREAT album!!!!

JohnFrantastic's picture

On the Backs of Angels - 8
Build Me Up Break Me Down - 7
Lost Not Forgotten - 9
This is the Life - 9
Bridges in the Sky - 10
Outcry - 10
Far From Heaven - 8
Breaking All Illusions - 10
Beneath the Surface - 8

cmnyj28's picture

Hey I'll jump in here..

On the Backs of Angels - 8.5/10 (Love it)

Build Me Up, Break Me Down - 8/10

Lost Not Forgotten - 9/10

This Is The Life - 8/10

Bridges In The Sky - 10/10

Outcry - 8/10

Far From Heaven - 8/10

Breaking All Illusions - 10/10 (AMAZING SONG)

Beneath The Surface - 9/10

I think this is one of the best complete albums they have done to date...

Daso's picture

On The Backs Of Angels - 10/10

Build Me Up, Break Me Down - 7/10

Lost Not Forgotten - 10/10

This Is The Life- 10/10

Bridges In The Sky - 10/10

Outcry - 10/10

Far From Heaven - 10/10

Breaking All Illusions - 10/10

Beneath The Surface - 10/10

Yes.

lak89's picture

On The Backs Of Angels - 8/10
Build Me Up, Break Me Down - 7/10
Lost Not Forgotten - 9/5/10
This Is The Life- 9.5/10
Bridges In The Sky - 10/10
Outcry - 9.5/10
Far From Heaven - 10/10
Breaking All Illusions - 10/10
Beneath The Surface - 7/10

Kashmir75's picture

Breaking All Illusions is the standout. Awesome. Amazing. Astounding. I don't have any more A alliterations to describe it! :)
John Myung should write more often.

Bridges in the Sky, Outcry, Beneath the Surface, and Far From Heaven are my other favourites.

moltr3z's picture

1. OTBOA 8/10
2. BMU BMD 7/10
3. LNF 9/10
4. TITL 9/10
5. BITS 9/10
6. O 9.5/10
7. FFH 9/10
8. BAI 9.5/10
9. BTS 7/10

So far my favorites are Outcry, LNF, BAI.
Far From Heaven is very sadly lyrically to me, I like it so much. Can make me cry :)
I love This is the Life, although it's a mellow song it's interesting melodically