A Citizen of the Republic of Geniuses
Black Clouds has its problems but for me it encompasses many great things about DT. It's a huge-sounding record with very high peaks such as the clean part in A Nightmare to Remember and the solo in The Best of Times. I used to be in love with The Count of Tuscany for a period and I'm a huge fan of some of the guitar sounds Petrucci has on this album, especially the cleans. To top it off, the album cover of Black Clouds is one of the earliest visual memories I have of the band and that has stuck with me as the quintessential image of the band.