Images And Words (album) by Dream Theater

Images And Words
Images And Words by Dream Theater
Year: 1992
Overall rank: 629th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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79/100 (from 380 votes)
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Award Top 10 albums of 1992 (9th)
Award Top albums of the 1990s (113th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (629th)
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Dream Theater - Images and Words (CD, 1992, Atco) Prog Rock
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75/100
From 12/16/2018 09:12
Much as I like Dream Theater, I feel that with a lot of their work, they are trying to cram every idea possible into an album and sometimes even into one track. I personally like the slower more melodic affairs like 'Another Day' and 'Wait For Sleep', the latter with its moving piano and subtle strings is far too short. I get a sense with the heavier tracks, that Mike Portnoy wants to bash the absolute shit out of his kit and prove something with the speed of his double kick drum pedal. It is without doubt, a complex album which needs a few listens to truly appreciate the musicianship because in a lot of parts it sounds too cluttered. I think that if they had stripped the sound back a bit it would have been awesome.
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80/100
From 12/12/2018 21:43
O progressivo resiste com a maravilhosa Images and Words.
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From 11/13/2018 16:29
The musicianship is incredible, I can see why Dream Theater have such a devoted fan base. This is so fast and complex, there's enough material for five albums here. It's too fast for me, it feels like they are trying to play as fast as possible to cram so many ideas into the album's run time. I don't like too much repetition but this is taking it to the extreme, if I heard a 10 second part of any of these tracks I would be hard pressed to identify which track it was from (much like most of Yes). I need to listen more to take it all in, (but those drums are irritating as hell).
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From 05/09/2018 05:06
Complex, intriguing, beautiful, melodic progressive metal. Wonderful string of songs found on this album.
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95/100
From 05/07/2018 18:42
What a melodic beast of an album. Equally complex, accessible and enjoyable which cannot be said about many prog (metal) albums.
Favourite songs: Under A Glass Moon, Learning To Live, Metropolis, Take The Time
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60/100
From 02/27/2018 17:46
I gave this an honest to God shot but it just didn't take, I'm sorry. I know it's supposed to be prog-metal but it was a bit too proggy for me, this album could've used a lot more straightforward metal. Portnoy is an amazing drummer and there's a lot of good guitar-work too but the singer sounds like he tries to sound like Geddy Lee at times. I think of Dream Theater as a metal Rush anyway... It's just a bit slow and dramatic for me. Production is too clean, if it wasn't for the distorted guitars this could've easily been a poprock album.

I'm sorry to fans of this album, I honestly didn't hate this album. At all. But I definitely don't appreciate it like most of you. I'll probably give this another chance soon but for now: 7,5/10. I'd rather listen to prog-metal like Tool.
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From 02/26/2017 12:13
To be honest, this album is pretty overrated in the Dream Theater fanbase, but my god, is it still solid. I simply don´t like the very early sound this band had, even if they had all the ingredients to be epic. And my god, they were epic.
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100/100
From 02/15/2017 15:55
Until 1992, I thought there would never be another rock album that would blow me away like Moving Pictures did in 1981. DT came out and absolutely rocked my world. This album was an absolute musical revelation, with complex composition, incredible musicianship, refreshing songwriting, and outstanding personnel at every position who all somehow still come out better than the sum of their parts. Every last song is not just a keeper, but of the very highest order. No matter how many times I listen to this album, it seems fresh and is always welcome.
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75/100
From 01/07/2017 20:37
Average rating: 78/100
Average track rating: 86/100
Interesting.
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From 06/21/2016 07:59
A great and very balanced album, however I don't love it like I do a few other DT records. I hate the sound of the drums which is dated and plastic as fuck. However, that's the worst part about the album. Great prog.
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Best Albums of 1992
1. Automatic For The People by R.E.M.
2. Rage Against The Machine by Rage Against The Machine
3. Slanted And Enchanted by Pavement
4. Dirt by Alice In Chains
5. Selected Ambient Works 85-92 by Aphex Twin
6. The Chronic by Dr. Dre
7. Angel Dust by Faith No More
8. Little Earthquakes by Tori Amos
9. Images And Words by Dream Theater
10. Down Colorful Hill by Red House Painters
11. Dirty by Sonic Youth
12. Core by Stone Temple Pilots
13. Wish by The Cure
14. Bone Machine by Tom Waits
15. Check Your Head by Beastie Boys
16. Vulgar Display Of Power by Pantera
17. Harvest Moon by Neil Young
18. Unplugged by Eric Clapton
19. Lazer Guided Melodies by Spiritualized
20. The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion by The Black Crowes
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