Although I frankly find his material a bit... how to put it... disconcentrating, even for a muso like me who has been into a lot of different "prog" genres, I think the guy is the dude.
And I'd seen him live in Glasgow during his Ultra Zone tour, with the current Dream Theater drummer and all, and they were all absolutely amazing. You are left totally ambivalent between the choices of going back home and starting to practice the damn instrument, and saying "ah feck it! At least I've had my share in opposite sex with this thing" and chucking it altogether for a new hobby like fishing or something.
That was the only album that I'd ever owned of him anyway. I've heard a few of his other albums at friends' places and they all sounded the same to me, although I appreciate the guy's perseverance in trying to come up with something new every time he does a new album. I don't know, I'm sure that each star up in the sky is different, but when they are so far away, they all look the bleeding same to me.
I think my musical preferences leant toward more accessible music in time. I can't stand the bloody swing jazz anymore either.
But still, the guy is the dude AFAIC.