I'd say that the new Dream Theater album is somewhat fresh. False Awakening Suite, Enigma Machine, The Bigger Picture, and Surrender to Reason had parts that stood out, but the rest were more or less typical DT. Illumination Theory felt more like several songs stitched together than one consistent piece, but it had a few great moments. I can't help but think they just wanted to include a "long song" to please the prog folks, though. Overall it was more of a step in a new direction than ADTOE, but I'm still waiting to hear something new and incredible from them. I know I keep emphasizing that, but they've been playing practically the same material for 10 years. =/
I am so bored of DT. Really.