This album marks the beginning of a great era for Dream Theater with their new lead vocalist, James LaBrie. His voice brings such life to all the songs on this album without the annoying qualities of a typical "metal singer." In one word: Beautiful.
The bass playing on this album is spectacular as well. John Myung set the standard on the first album, When Dream and Day Unite. But that standars has been raised with this album. Although the bass volume in the final mix was too low for my liking, it still holds the music together well. Myung's performance on this album was dazzling. From rock-solid 16th note machine-gun basslines on Under a Glass Moon, grooving funk on Take the Time, to his amazing odd-time-signature playing and killer solo in Metropolis... all amazing.
It is rare to find an album I've liked so much that I could listen to it start to finish dozens of times, and love it each time. Enjoy!