Black Clouds & Silver Linings

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7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 76 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 64 out of 76
  2. Negative: 5 out of 76

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  1. MH
    Jul 13, 2009
    4
    Boring, mostly uninspired, take-no-chances prog metal. There's a dozen bands out there with as much talent, better vocalists, and the willingness to broaden their horizons.
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68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
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  1. 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.
  2. Black Clouds and Silver Linings is, obviously, a mixed bag from Dream Theater. Fans like myself will enjoy it, but again, you can’t deny how familiar it all feels.
  3. Mojo
    60
    With 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]