“Another Day” is a song by the American progressive metal band Dream Theater, released in their 1992 album Images and Words. It was released as the album’s fourth and final single in 1993.
The song was written by guitarist John Petrucci. He wrote it about his father, John Petrucci Sr. who was diagnosed with cancer. Petrucci Sr. would be the subject of another Dream Theater song, “Take Away My Pain” following his death. The video for Another Day follows the song’s lyrics, with a father and son spending time together. MRI scans are visible in the background, tying into the cancer theme.
Images and Words is the second studio album of the band, released on July 7, 1992, through ATCO Records. It is the first Dream Theater release to feature James LaBrie on vocals. Since its release, the album has maintained its position as the band’s most commercially successful studio album, and the song “Pull Me Under” has the distinction of being the only Top 10 hit (radio or otherwise) the band has had to date. This particular song has also had more recent success as it has appeared in the 2008 video game Guitar Hero World Tour.
The album has received widespread acclaim from music critics since its release. The German magazine Rock Hard elected Images and Words Album of the Month and lauded Dream Theater, using “the old [1970s] term ‘Supergroup’ ”; according to the reviewer, they set “standards and still perfect them, although they hardly appear to do so” and, even considering the many influences in their music, the “versatility, the linking of different grooves and melody elements within each song” shows how Dream Theater are “style-transcending like no other band.” In another contemporary review, Select gave the album a lower rating, referring to the album as “elaborate, layered prog-metal” and stated that “if this was a book, it’d be for the coffee-table, glossy but not essential.” Phil Carter of AllMusic was taken by the band members’ “impressive ability on their respective instruments” and by LaBrie’s vocal range, writing also that the album is an “excellent mix of progressive metal stylings with heartfelt vocals and thought-provoking lyrics”. Metal Storm reviewer calls Images and Words “a masterpiece and also a historical album”, because it “brought something totally new to the scene, this famous progressive metal sound that would become Dream Theater’s signature”. Canadian journalist Martin Popoff in his Collector’s Guide to Heavy Metal praised the band’s musicianship and “the tricky arrangements”, but was not thrilled by the album, which he found “a bit too self-aware and calculated to be in the true spirit of progressive rock.”
Images and Words was a moderate commercial hit, reaching number 61 on the US Billboard 200 chart. It is also Dream Theater’s only album to be certified gold by the RIAA, and remains their best-selling album to date, selling more than six hundred thousand copies.
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