Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence

by Dream Theater

(2002) Elektra #62742-2

Personnel Mike Portnoy, John Petrucci, James Labrie, John Myung, Jordan Rudless
Description This is Dream Theater at there best. This is a double CD studio album. The second disk is all one song 42 min. The performances and song structure are all outstanding.
Posted By Larry Magri (3259)
Directory Recordings: Rock/Pop
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On 5/20/2004, Keith Deuser (2686) posted:
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It's very hard too describe this'll just have too listen to it to hear Petruccis incredible playing style. No doubt, this is an absolutely awesome record. I'd reccommend it for any proggessive rock fan. The only reason i'm giving it a four is because the cd that they released before this cd was Scenes From A Memory, and this album just isn't as good as that one.
On 12/19/2002, Leonardo Machado (836) posted:
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In their most recent release, Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence, the band goes "against the tide", the phonographic market tide, 'cos the album is double-CD (it's a little expensive!) and the song-title has 42 minutes length!!! Even the old fans can be surprised, because they're more "progressives" than ever. And don't you think about only in Yes, Rush or Pink Floyd, like on the previous albums, but also think about Emerson, Lake and Palmer, King Crimson, amongst others. The result is obligatory to everybody who like good music, with no prejudice. Since Awake (1994) Dream Theater didn't sound too heavy like "The Glass Prison", and neither the Scenes From a Memory (1999) is so progressive like song-title, where the guys are mixing all of their influences, including more classical things than other albums. Truth be told, versatility isn't "new" in their work. It's really hard to detach one point, because the whole thing is what it takes, but it's awesome to realize how the keyboard player Jordan Rudess sounds cool in this group. Long Live to long songs!!
On 7/16/2002, Tony Cook (2424) posted:
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This is one of the few discs I ran out and bought on the day of its release. Following up Scenes from a Memory was a monumental task, and one the band seems to have fallen a little short on.

First off, the double CD is almost 100 minutes long, disc two being one continuous 42 minute song. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but in this case, I think some editing would have been prudent. I'm also sure this is a concept disc, but I haven't figured out exactly what the concept is supposed to be yet. To be sure, it is a task to sit through the whole thing.

Vocalist James Labrie wastes no time in conjuring up his best James Hetfield voice on the first track. It sounds a little forced. In fact, I think Labrie just sings too much on this effort. The instrumentalists are the real stars here. Rudess gets a little more freedom on this one (although I hate the Thirtysomething keyboard patch in Solitary Shell). Of course, Pettruci blazes throughout. And what a killer tone on disc two's About to Crash (Reprise). Portnoy is spot-on, too.

There are some standout tracks: Blind Faith, Misunderstood, & Overture among them. There are also tracks like the nearly 14 minute-long The Great Debate, a song about (and I'm not making this up) Stem Cell Research, which meanders lyrically, reaching no conclusion as far as I can tell. I'm sure that's probably their point, though, and I just don't get it.

On 2/24/2002, Larry Magri (3259) posted:
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Dream Theater keeps pushing the musical boundries higher and higher. With this release they take Progressive Rock in new directions once again. Jon Petrucci's guitaring is first class all the way, as is the whole band.