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  1. This is a perfect example of why you can’t judge a book by it’s cover. I didn’t know “Disturbed” was the name of the band, so I was expecting a “disturbing version of this song” and I was prepared not to like it. On the contrary it was very inspiring. David Draiman’s interpretation stayed true to the haunting voices of Simon and Garfunkel in the original version.

    Before Draiman had even finished singing, “Hello darkness, my old friend…” I knew he had nailed this song, compelling me to listen to it in it’s entirety.

    Surprisingly it was not the multitude of musical instruments that began the song and continued to complement it throughout, but the kettle drums that very timely and appropriately “dared, disturb the Sounds of Silence…” contributing to the anger that continued to rise in Draiman’s performance; an anger that was noticeably missing from the original Simon and Garfunkel version.

    One thing that has always bothered me about this song is the required drawing out of words in lines such as:

    “because a vision softlyeeeee creeping, left it’s seeds was I waaaaaas sleeping…” but they are forgivable.

    But “neath the halo of aaaaaaaaaa streetlamp…” is a bit excessive and almost not forgivable in any version. I wish either Simon, Garfunkel or Draiman could have found a way around this one line as it somehow diminishes an otherwise perfect flow of lyrics.

    This opinion should not be construed as a negative criticism of the original Simon and Garfunkel version of this song which is also excellent, but only as a positive critique of Disturbed’s improved rendition.

    On a side note, I can’t help but wonder how much the rivet guns required to install the rings in Draiman’s ears and chins, disturbed the “Sounds of Silence.”

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