Overall the CD is better than last two CD's which were stinkers in my book but still not as good as the first few CD's. While the playing from all bend members is nothing short of awesome, most of the songs still sound generally the same as most of their other material. I guess my problem is that I compare this CD to the New Rush and Porcupine Tree releases where they have queue's to the older stuff and some really different sounding riffs...For example, a blues riff and some severe woofer ripping bass runs on the new Rush CD . Awesome! Although I have not read the lyrics, there are tons of religious overtones in the music, much more than than Aimee Mann says "Baby, Baby, Baby"...much more than prior CD's. Not a problem to have in music in doses but song after song is a bit much. The deluxe CD also has a "making of" video and a 5.1 mix. The video shows how much talent these guys have. Petrucci is totally amazing... Based on this and few new releases, Prog rock ain't dead yet but we really need to see more!!!