Play 90 second soundbite of 'Pull Me Under (2007 Remix)' @ 'CD quality'
Specialists in that 'timeless' rock style featuring epic, anthemic, balladic and just plain raunchy rock that was somehow nicely predictable and beautifully proportioned, Dream Theatre never really received the plaudits they deserved. Their style and sound is just as viable now as it was when many of these songs got their first airings. Dream Theatre show here what a polished outfit they are and by re-visiting some of their material they prove that they firmly believe in their gritty rock ethos and stand here to be counted amongst their contemporaries, their fore-runners and their successors. Encapsulating all the nuances of 'classic' rock with all its pretensions, egos, balladic charms and stylised composition, 'Greatest Hit ...' does exactly what it set out to do - it rocks!
This double album is equally divided into two, eleven track entities - 'The Dark Side' and 'The Light Side'; the former 'the metallic', the latter 'the melodic' - two albums, two moods, two excellent viewpoints of all that's good about Dream Theatre. Like it or not, Dream Theatre's rockin' way is precise, structured and very intoxicating. Progressive hard rock is safe and sound in the hands of Dream Theatre - no need for these guys to sell-out to metal mayhem and thrash trash - they just play it pure and pretty and let it speak for itself! This aint just a blast from the past either - 'Greatest Hit ....' is rock for rock's sake, melodic rock sanity at a time when so many have taken the route of rancid ravaged rock that purports to be new and now but has lost control of its musical senses. Dream Theatre keep their rock real and still deliver the goods with finesse and controlled passion for the artform.
'Greatest Hit (...and 21 other pretty cool songs)' by marathon rock runners Dream Theatre is pure stadium rock of the finest sort - not lost in time - still on track - still commercially viable - a damn fine album of 'classic' rock music that's suitably theatrical, effectively dramatic, as heavy as you'd want it to be and as light as you need it to be! Give it plenty of db's and just let it rip out in all its finery and glory - take a step back in time and listen to future-rock - timeless, ageless and struttin' hard and rockin' loud!