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What more could you expect? - 90%

Glory_Hole_Freak, February 1st, 2004

A great album from a great group of musicians. Blasting into track one Paradigm shift gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it. This is a must have for any fan of Instrumental music. Although the album loses some of its energy in tracks like "Osmosis" and "The stretch (two of the shortest songs on the album) I think these songs really could be great if they were a little longer so the parts could grow a bit. Songs like State of Grace and Universal Mind define this album. And you have to dig Portnoy's shuffle groove on "Chris and Kevin's Exellent Adventure" Although for a "jam" that wasnt planned 3 minute warning is an amazing piece of work. It doesnt really stand out to me. There arnt that many memorable parts in this track as you would expect from a 30 minute long piece from Portnoy Rudess Petrucci and Levin. Never the less you cannot be stunned by the amazing musicianship of these players. This album is so technical and really is a great piece of work.