For all its abundantly positive qualities and minor but clear distinctions from prior efforts, is still an archetypal Dream Theater album; one that's unlikely to broaden their audience all that much, but is conversely guaranteed to thrill their hardcore converts with its renewed devotion to the most exigent and stimulating facets of the band's chosen musical domain.
Basically, Black Clouds & Silver Linings is an album that continues the band’s increased use of metal riffs combined with extended musical interludes but also brings in strong compositional skills that give the songs the kind of consistency they require in order to be truly memorable and engaging.
Q MagazineThey rarely threaten to run out of steam. [Aug 2009, p.101]
MojoWith four tracks topping 12 miutes, it's essentially a celebration of pre-punk boffin-rock, 'The Best Of Times 'and 'The Count Of Tuscany' both prog-metal masterpieces worthy of imperial-phase Rush. [Jul 2009,p.95]
May 10, 2011Probably the best album of their career thus far. Sort of builds on what made them successful into one monsterous masterpiece that mixes inProbably the best album of their career thus far. Sort of builds on what made them successful into one monsterous masterpiece that mixes in both dark and light themes perfectly. Awesome stuff.… Expand
JoshC.Jul 29, 2009Best album of the year, and best of dream theater.
ChrisBDec 21, 2009This and Systematic Chaos are two of the best albums by this band, I'd highly recommend listening to both of them.
jamieaJul 11, 2009Fantastic CD! 2 singles and 4 epics! soft, heavy and melodic, music cant get much better than this!
YairAAug 7, 2009Used to be a huge Dream Theater in the past, but felt they lost direction after '6 Degrees of Inner Turbulence'. The opening and Used to be a huge Dream Theater in the past, but felt they lost direction after '6 Degrees of Inner Turbulence'. The opening and final tracks are exceptional, the rest could be better. 'The Shattered Fortress' was actually annoying, as it's basically a remix of previous work. Wither is kinda boring too. Too bad the rating is integer based. my rating is 8.6.… Expand
MundoMJul 25, 2009Pretty different from its great predecessor "Systematic Chaos" in terms of experimentation but still a pretty solid album. There is a lot of Pretty different from its great predecessor "Systematic Chaos" in terms of experimentation but still a pretty solid album. There is a lot of personal stuff in their songs that gives a deep sense in the lyrics. A Really recommended work.… Expand
DougD.Jul 28, 2009Prog rock never sounded so stale. It has also rarely been an enjoyable genre since the early 80s.
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