Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory (studio album) by Dream Theater

Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory
Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory by Dream Theater
Year: 1999
Overall rank: 631st   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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78/100 (from 400 votes)
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Award Top 20 albums of 1999 (14th)
Award Top albums of the 1990s (113th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (631st)
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Rating:  
80/100
From 07/22/2020 00:09
Great album, great storyline even though I didn't quite understood it at first. The musicianship is incredible throughout the record. James Labrie's singing has to be the low point of this album. Best tracks: Through her eyes, the spirit carries on and home.
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85/100
From 04/19/2019 17:23
As a proghead I instinctively like this album, but I agree that it sometimes sounds clichéed and cheesy, not helped by the pretending voice of LaBrie. Instrumentally a really good album though.

Favs: Dance of Eternity, Fatal Tragedy, Strange Deja Vu
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Rating:  
90/100
From 04/04/2018 16:49
This should be much higher, it's barely in the top 500! I don't like the lyrics much, but the story itself is quite good, and boy I'm not even talking about musicianship here. Melodies, rhythms, chord progressions, solos are all out of this world.
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50/100
From 02/20/2018 01:34
Seeing a while back a BEA user had this as their number 1 best ever album I attempted to listen through and didn't get too far before giving up

Fast forward to February 2018 & I knuckled down and did it , I listened right through every moment twice all 1 hour and 17 minutes of this long album for a 2 hour 34 minute commitment

Firstly this is a very popular album sitting currently 496th over all on BEA , with Rolling Stone awarding it as the best ever Prog Concept Album . Secondly this album tells a convoluted tail of love , murder and regression through the eyes of a character call Nicolas who has apparently lived as a female Victoria in a previous life . So here's a tip before you listen jump on line to read and understand the story before you listen to this album because on my 2 listens I found it impossible to follow via the tracks ( its very confusing )

So is it any good ? Yes and no . The story is slightly interesting even though its a tad cliqued as we've heard it all before through movies and books , the musicianship is first class with ripping guitars , driving drums and an eclectic mix of instruments which includes a Honky Tonk cowboy piano thrown in at one point . There's also some neat story telling props such a cars starting , ice cubes clinking into glass and a creepy Hypnotherapist just to name a few

But ...

Lyrically oh boy it sure is cheesy , other BEA users have commented on this and I 100% agree , check this out:
"Wandered through my head / I wept just like a baby/ As I lay awake in bed" (Through Her Eyes)
or
" Feeling good this Friday afternoon / I ran into Julian / Said we'd get together soon " (Finally Free )

A masterpiece it most certainly is not

Closer to Spinal Tap

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40/100
From 11/18/2017 13:02
The lyrics are some of the most cliched I´ve ever heard, and sometimes the music can get so much cheesy. But the out of this world musicians are something to respect.
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From 03/08/2017 22:06
Amazing
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From 02/11/2017 19:21
I consider something perfect, when there is nothing that I want to change about it, no matter how hard I´m looking for it. This album, for my standards, is perfect.
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60/100
From 10/02/2016 08:53
Just a good album. Really like it. After years of listening to this band and then realising that the mostly suck, this is the only album that remains listenable. Some decent riffs and some good writing. Intresting story, but a little like: "OMFG WHAT A FUCKING TRAGEDY JUST LOOK TRAGEDY SADDNESS RESOLUTION I FEEL LOST OMG". You understand me, hopefuly. It can be a little melodramatic, cheesy and predictable, but it's by far the best prog album to come out in the last 2 decades.
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100/100
From 09/20/2016 14:37
When I first heard this album, I didn't find it to be as well put together as their more metal-driven works, like Train of Thought or Systematic Chaos. The strength of this album, surprisingly, lies in it's lyrics. Some may say that they are somewhat underdeveloped, but in the short span they crafted a surprisingly deep story. There are four well developed characters described, as well as the surprising antagonist at the end. It is filled out inbetween with awesome rifts and beautiful ballads, such as 'The Spirit Carries On'.
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65/100
From 09/17/2016 15:22
I listened to Dream Theater quite a bit as a kid but hadn't actually listened to this album until now. My tastes have definitely changed a lot since then, but this honestly just sounds really cheesy to me. Surprised it seems to be the fan favorite. I still admire John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy's talent, but I remember liking their other material a lot more than this.
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