All my peeps know I'm a huge Dream Theater fan and have been since 1993. James is the singer of that band and has put out several solo records. This is number...3 I think.
My close friends also know that I have been unamused by most of James Labrie's singing for the last 15 years. This album is full of stylistic moments of his singing that would foreshadow some bad years for him. Granted, he did have a sever throat issue that lasted for years and this was at the tail end of that era. The band is pretty good. Mike Mangini on drums (Dream Theater, Vai, Extreme). The songs are pretty decent for 2005 and there are actually a few towards the back half that were catchy. Bryan is pretty laid back but that is actually what he was supposed to do on this record. He plays the perfect power metal/ prog pop bass player parts.
I got through this one because I thought of a trail that would lead me to one of my favorite albums and bands of the last 2 years that are both 30 years old. I was happy when I was able to figure out the next 4 days of albums. I think I might have even fist-pumped in the mirror.
Songs: 2.5 Ds
Performance: 3.0 Ds
Influence: 1.75 Ds
Overall: 2.0 Ds