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1  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: James LaBrie NEW CD RELEASE UPDATE on: July 30, 2013, 03:55:29 pm
I've given it only one spin so far and here are my 2 cents.

Like with the previous record, much of its success rests with Matt Guillory's incredible grasp of melodic sound. To me, it was too light and pop and not heavy sounding enough (Static Impulse was, for that matter), but I would be lying if I said i didn't start nodding to the rhythms, and some of the melodies got stuck in my head right away. Still, I have this nugging feeling that structure-wise, and musically, too, the album is 2-3 songs being re-hashed over and over again, to me there were no songs that really stood out, it's all kind of smooth and alike-sounding. I kinda wish the instrumental parts and especially drums were more diverse. The vocals are amazing though, James's voice doesn't sound a least bit forced, and he's really giving it all. The screams and growls don't bother me at all on this one- I hardly noticed they're in there.

As much as I'm not used to the pop side of it, I'm definitely digging the album. It's gonna sit in my ipod for quite a while.
2  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: DREAM THEATER UNVEILS MILESTONE NEW ALBUM on: July 09, 2013, 02:22:39 pm
Looking at the cover artwork and tracklist structure, I'd expect the new album to be Dream's Theater's  own "The Dark Side Of The Moon". Incredibly excited Smiley
3  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: James LaBrie NEW CD RELEASE UPDATE on: June 19, 2013, 02:13:39 pm

it's effing awesome. It's Static Impluse meets Elements of Persuasion, and it sounds incredible. Love James's soft vocals on this one.
4  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Winter Rose ... a real music video exists (not joking) on: September 18, 2012, 03:00:35 pm
Those were back in the days before he had discovered conditioner Wink
With or without conditioner, his hair looks adorable here Smiley
5  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Winter Rose ... a real music video exists (not joking) on: September 16, 2012, 05:06:27 pm
Cool! What a hilarious video^^ With such young and glamorous glam James Kevin  Cheesy

Come on, he performs glam, not looks glam... thank God Cheesy
If only the audio was live, too...
6  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Winter Rose ... a real music video exists (not joking) on: September 16, 2012, 03:38:22 pm
Lovely! And James still maintains this stage persona these days)
7  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Dream Theater: A Dramatic Tour Of Events Schedule on: September 01, 2012, 01:54:50 am
Marcos, thanks for the review and pictures! So happy you had a great time Smiley
8  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Dream Theater: A Dramatic Tour Of Events Schedule on: May 13, 2012, 03:59:42 am
MY TICKETS ARE HERE!!!!!!!!!!!! MY TICKETS CAME IN THE MAIL!!!!!!! HELL YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I seriously cannot wait for 7/21 to arrive!!! I am so f***ing stoked!!!!!!
very happy for you, man! I'm sure you'll have a blast))
ps. The waiting is the best part (especially the day of the show), so... we all envy you in a good way)
9  General Category / Off Topic Discussions / Re: Got any jokes to share? on: May 07, 2012, 03:11:03 pm
A rock musician dies and goes to Heaven. He takes a stroll there, passing one of the clouds he hears Dio singing in there. John Bonham is playing a solo on another cloud. The musician walks over to a third cloud and hears... A Change of Seasons.
He then asks an angel:
"Wait, I thought Petrucci was alive?"
"He is. It's God himself - he just thinks he's John Petrucci."

That's awesome. Where did you hear that one?
I honestly tried to remember and have to admit I can't. I know quite a few music-related jokes, and had to share this one here, right?
10  General Category / Off Topic Discussions / Re: Got any jokes to share? on: May 06, 2012, 08:08:04 am
A rock musician dies and goes to Heaven. He takes a stroll there, passing one of the clouds he hears Dio singing in there. John Bonham is playing a solo on another cloud. The musician walks over to a third cloud and hears... A Change of Seasons.
He then asks an angel:
"Wait, I thought Petrucci was alive?"
"He is. It's God himself - he just thinks he's John Petrucci."
11  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Happy Birthday James ! on: May 05, 2012, 01:44:01 pm
Happy B-day, James! Here's to many more years of health, inspiration and raaaawk!
Warmest regards from Ukraine.
12  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Wondering What Everyone Thinks... on: April 05, 2012, 03:42:30 pm
Lana Lane has an amazing crystal clear voice, but not necessarily her and James's voices would blend finely in a duet.
13  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Build me up break me down video on: January 28, 2012, 01:22:54 pm
The only thing I loved about this video is how the words "act" out their meaning in the chorus - building and breaking and burning and shattering etc... otherwise it's plain boring imo.
14  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: another solo album in the works on: January 03, 2012, 04:45:28 am
What a wonderful news to start the new year with Smiley
15  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: James, You've Blown My Mind on: December 06, 2011, 01:18:36 pm
This video proves once again James is in the best vocal shape he's ever been (*knocks on wood*) old days power and range + the best voice control he's ever had live. Fingers crossed it'll last for years Smiley
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