Listen to A Dramatic Turn of Events more than twice.
1 - Pull Me Under
2 - Take the Time
3 - The Spirit Carries On
4 - Home
5 - Ytse Jam
6 - Breaking All Illusions
7 - Illumination Theory
8 - The Count of Tuscany
9 - The Dance of Eternity
10 - Metropolis, pt 1
"Neue Regel" from Queensryche's Rage For Order!
Pull Me Under... on a local Rock radio station. I bought Images & Word soon after, saw them in concert, and loved them ever since.
I love the new record. The Bigger Picture & Illumination Theory are my favorites.
Personally, I think the criticism of the drum "mix" or "sound" or "style", is a lot of passive aggressive complaining over Portnoy having been replaced. Maybe I'm wrong on that, and the CD you got is defective. I bought/downloaded it through Amazon and hear an impressive mix, not just of drums, but through and through.
Mangini is such a solid fit with this band. If you can't get on board then you're only depriving yourself. DT is making incredible music.