Dream Theater : Falling Into Infinity
Ah, the Dream Theater album that you either love or hate! Falling
Into Infinity was a surprise to many people for the commercial, formulatic
structure.Whether you will enjoy this or not depends on your personal tastes: this album
grew on me with time.
James' vocals are still above-average, confident, and in many places containing a medium
to lower tenor compared to his usual higher octane singing voice. Mike Portnoy's one of
the better drummers in the field; his work on this album is not nearly as good (or wide
open) as the next studio album to come, though. Sadly this would be keyboardist Derek
Sherinian's last studio performance with Dream Theater.
The first track "New Millennium" starts off with an interesting
keyboard intro, and Myung's bass work thumps right along. Around 5:14, Petrucci lays a few
licks down, and the song really gets moving. "You Not Me" is a
pretty good lead single. Great vocal delivery at the 3:28 mark in "Peruvian
Skies." "Hollow Years" is a Prog ballad containing some
beautifully clean vocals. "Burning My Soul" has a crushing rhythm
section, with hauntingly eerie semi-spoken/sung vocals that makes this the heaviest track
on the album.. "Hell's Kitchen" is a great instrumental leading into
the jam fest of "Lines in the Sand." The song is layered nicely with a
powerful change in tone at 5:37. Other songs of note are "Just Let Me Breathe,"
the slower, more tranquil "Anna Lee" (great piano solos) and the closer
"Trail of Tears," which is divided into three sections.
Although many hardcore Dream Theater fans may not like this for its mellowness in places,
it's actually pretty solid work: 'just not as Prog Metal oriented as Images and
Words or Scenes from a Memory. Give this album a shot. Who cares
what you friends say, you may like it.
1. New Millennium
7. Lines in the Sand
2. You Not Me
8. Takes Away My Pain
3. Peruvian Skies
9. Just Let Me Breathe
4. Hollow Years
10. Anna Lee
5. Burning my Soul
11. Trial of Tears
6. Hell's Kitchen (instrumental)
pt. 1 It's
pt. 2 Deep in
pt. 3 The
Reviewed by Sam