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Dream Theater - A Change of Seasons

1995 East/West Records :: Reviewed by rofreason on 2005-07-02

Essentially one 23 minute song and some filler cover tracks, A Change of Seasons is sold at a special price, and even with the cover tracks, is worth every penny. Personally, I could do without the covers, especially the insipid Lovin, Touchin, Squeezin, one of my least favorite songs of all times. These can be viewed as extra tracks tacked onto the end of Dream Theater's undisputed finest hour. The seven parts of this epic flow together seamlessly, with passages finding their way back into the listener's ear at various times throughout the recording. Gone is former keysman Kevin Moore, but a more than suitable replacement has been found in Sherinian, who at one point rejected an offer to tour with Yes to stay in Dream Theater (is he nuts?). Tight and controlled down to the crisp piccolo snare, A Change of Seasons is among the best of the side long compositions. Sadly, only time will tell if this is the zenith of Dream Theater's career, for based on the tepid Falling into Infinity, they're hitting "The Inevitable Summer" themselves...