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» From "Accepting Disappointment" // May 17, 2013 5:33:37 PM UTC
Wow, this has been such an awesome discussion! I don't post all that often because mostly I just like to read other folks comments. However, this time I just couldn't resist.
I have commented about ADTOE before, but that was months ago and my perspective has changed a little since then. Keep in mind as you read this that I am a fairly new DT fan and I probably lack the depth of perspective some of you veterans have. I am still not a fan of the mixing job. For me it lacks that edge I like when I listen to metal. It sounds like someone put a powder puff all over the songs. This doesn't bother me as much as it used to though. When I first got the album I instantly liked all the heavier songs (except LNF) on the album and none of the ballads. Then, after a few months, my interest in Outcry waned till I no longer listened to it at all but I gained an interest in BtS. A few more months went by and I started to loose a little interest in BitS but I begun to gain an interest in LNF. Thant interest grew till I decided that it was among my most favorite of all DT songs and now I just can't get enough of it. One night I was listening to the album while I was falling asleep and the last song I remember listening to was TitL. Right before I zonked off for good I had an epiphany and suddenly "got" the song and had this wonderful serene feeling as I lost consciousness. I now really like the song. FfH still fails to catch my interest and for a while I considered it DT's worst song. I don't carry that opinion anymore but I still don't care for it. Now, I love all the songs except FfH and Outcry, but considering my evolving listening experience and appreciation for the album, I expect that to change.
Overall, I think ADToE is a really good album with a good mix of heaviness, complexity, beautiful melodies and epic transcendency, which are all trade marks of TD. I especially like it lyrically. Considering my changing opinion since its release, I can certainly understand others unfavorable opinions. Anyway, that is my two cents.
Overall I really like the album and I consider it a big step in the right direction for the band
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