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Loving Outcry at the moment (maybe even slightly more than Breaking All Illusions... I always cycle song of the moment when getting to know a new album though so Breaking All Illusions will probably still remain top). Honestly at first I was a bit disappointed with Outcry - unlike every other song except BMU,BMD I hadn't heard any samples and for Outcry I thought it had the potential to be my favourite song on the album from the descriptions. Once it got started, I was blown away, loved the intro and main riff, loved the vocals in the first verse, loved the sudden fade away to nothing with Rudess's electronic sound, then the soft bit and the even bigger build up to the first chorus which is awesome. Then comes a heavy verse, and just when you expect another chorus - nope, crazy instrumental section. This is good (although like most crazy instrumental sections, it takes a few listens to appreciate), but at that point I was just dying to hear more of the song I'd been listening to. After what seems like a long, long, time, the instrumental stops and the beautiful, simple piano part begins, with another amazing soft part before a return to the chorus.
I was a little disappointed then, for the first time feeling what people had been saying about DT for a while about a huge instrumental "interrupting" the song. Maybe it's just because this is my first new release as a DT fan so I got to know the songs more slowly instead of hoping for so much on first listen. Because now that I'm expecting the huge instrumental and have gotten to know it, I don't get bothered by it as I was when I was just getting into the beginning of the song. And, crazy instrumental and all, Outcry really is amazing. Only time will tell if it could ever surpass Breaking All Illusions.
But I still do think it's criminal, when you've got such a strong chorus, to only have it twice in the song, so far apart (I think there's nearly six minutes between them, in an eleven minute song).
In The Presence Of Enemies as a whole is one of the best DT songs (it was the one I'd have considered their best when I was first getting into them), and Part 2 makes up the bulk of it and if Part 2 was a song in itself, it'd still be really high. Heretic / Slaughter Of The Damned are the meat and bones of the song in my opinion, even though they are bookended by the themes from Part 1 and their reprisal at the end.
People complain about the Reckoning, and while it's not my favourite part of the song or not one I'd pick as my favourite DT instrumental, I really don't see anything wrong with it, at all. I think it's good.
1. Train Of Thought
2. Images And Words
3. Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence
4. Black Clouds And Silver Linings
5. Scenes From A Memory
6. Systematic Chaos
9. Falling Into Infinity
10. When Dream And Day Unite
1-3 are very close and about equal as my favourites, 4-5 and 6-9 are pretty much interchangeable, I'm sure I've ranked them differently the few times I posted this list (e.g. I put BC&SL higher this time because I'm just finishing listening to that album right now so it's hard to deny it's greatness).
Edit: A Dramatic Turn Of Events tentatively in at around 4 or 5, although it could go higher or lower once I've listened to it more.
Lines In The Sand and Trial Of Tears are two of my favourites. New Millenium, Hell's Kitchen, Peruvian Skies, Just Let Me Breathe (I'm not a big fan of a few bits of lyrics but otherwise this song really grew on me) are all good. Also Hollow Years, especially Budokan. I don't hate any of the other songs but I just don't think there are any other Labrie albums with so many songs that just aren't up to scratch. I do love the sound of this album, and it's highs are as good as the highs on most other DT albums. The lows are just lower and more frequent, and with so many other songs that are "just OK" (in comparison to other DT songs, at least), it makes a pretty inconsistent album that's hard to rank above any of the others, in my opinion.