Reviewed by MJBrady on 02 Sep 2006
Dream Theater now seems to be releasing as many video recordings as they are studio releases of late. Score, the newest live collection, is a 2 dvd, 3 cd set, (at least my version). Contained is the band's 20th aniversary tour, which at points, particularly here in New York's Radio City Music Hall, they were accompanied with Orchestra, which is pretty cool stuff actually.
Of all the Dream Theater videos I have seen, which I believe is all of them to date, this one seems to have the best overall sound, for a couple reasons, one being James LaBrie was having an 'on' night, and that helps a lot, the other reason is that bassist John Myung is fully audible for once. I saw this tour live, and while the band is always very professional and ready to play for hours, Myung's bass work is merely visual, and hardly audible unless during the quieter moments where he is a central player. But the mix is well balanced and the visuals are very good, hard to improve on any one thing with Score.
The band's set list is thematic in that they are reliving their history from the bands onset as teenagers in the band Majestic up through the 90's and here with their most recent material. For long time fans of the band, the setlist is intersting, tapping a tune or two from most every recording, yet knowing many of the bands cds, you may be left wanting for more. Still, a nice revisit to what seems to have been 20 fast years. Also included on the video is a documentary on those same 20 years, which is very cool, interviews with current and former band members, and pretty much a full case history of the bands brightest and questionable moments.
While Dream Theater continues to release music that has hybridized progressive rock and metal music, they fully understand that they are a non-compromising band that will always try to push eachother to create music that will always be something their true fans will appreciate, and all along, while testing new boundaries, they seem to make new fans along the way. This is evident at the bands concerts, which are getting to be a sell-out wherever they are playing.