A se­lec­tion of new and reis­sued gui­tar re­leases, in­clud­ing Al­bum Of The Month

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Roger Newell re­views this month’s best re­leases: from Dream The­ater to David Bowie.

Al­bum of the Month

Dream The­ater

The Asto nish­ing


Well pub­li­cised and much-an­tic­i­pated, The As­ton­ish­ing is a truly re­mark­able piece of work. Her­alded as the lat­est ‘rock opera’ it spans two CDs of­fer­ing a to­tal run­ning time of over 130 min­utes. It’s ob­vi­ously been con­ceived with live per­for­mance in mind: in fact, Dream The­ater are cur­rently tour­ing Europe with it so by the time you read this many of us will have ex­pe­ri­enced it first hand. The songs are melodic and ex­pan­sive and while the ‘link­ing’ pieces are com­plex and bru­tal at times, the piece as a whole re­mains bal­anced and en­ter­tain­ing. Gui­tarist John Petrucci is on stag­ger­ing form. The track The Gift Of Mu­sic is avail­able as a down­load and serves as a taster. A New Be­gin­ning and Our New World are typ­i­cally scary DT, while a softer side comes cour­tesy of Be­gin Again and even more the­atri­cal mo­ments like A Sav­ior In The Square work great as songs. An ‘as­ton­ish­ing’ achieve­ment in­deed.

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