A Dramatic Turn of Events' title could be seen as a not so subtle reference to the events that occured within the band itself since their Black Clouds & Silver Linings: the departure of drummer and founding member Mike Portnoy. I will not go into the politics surrounding this topic in the fan-culture but I have to say "what a shame!". The change of drummer, even if the new one is as famous and talented as Mike Mangini, has had a "Dramatic" effect on the Dream Theater music... rhythmically speaking. The core of the album is still marked by a strong influence of John Petrucci's composing. However the rhythmical diversity, the sudden breaks and irregularities, that characterized Dream Theater à la Mike Portnoy have disappeared. As a result the album is on a "quite good" level when speaking in a progressive metal sense, but when looking into it from a Dream Theater point-of-view it rates as "below average". The global feeling that surrounds the album, after the first listening as well as after a few more, is that it's somewhat incoherent and lacking an artistical arrow to follow.
My favorite track: On Backs of Angels