I think it's a step in the right direction. I love the opening track. Very similar to whay symphony x would do. The enemy inside is a solid song, a better first single than on the backs of angels i think. Cool subject matter too. The insturmental is one of there better ones, it's no dance of eternity or hells kitchen, but all the heavy and insane time signatures makes me happy. Right now Through the looking glass could be my favorite track. It's more of a classic images and words era type song and i think it will go over great live. the bigger picture, Behind the veil, and surrender to reason all kind of run together for me, but they do have very memorable melodies and solid choruses. Along for the ride is probably my least favorite, I think the melody is great but the lyrics are a bit suspect. It's growing on me though. I love the epic too. A lot of the internet trolls don't like it but I think it's great. I'm a sucker for that classical vibe though. Petrucci definitely steals some lines from tychowski but i love it. The middle section would almost suit better as it's own song but it's still awesome.. A lot of cool king crimson riffs going on in it too which i dig. All in all I think it's there best album since they have been on Road Runner.