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‘British Lion’ is the debut solo/side project album from Iron Maiden founder Steve Harris.Comprising ten songs that Steve and his collaborators have been working on for the past few years between Iron Maiden tours and releases, it is an album that will surprise and delight music fans the world over.

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  • Audio CD (October 3, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Import
  • ASIN: B008MX1YAM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #767,131 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Cool new music...it just sounds pretty weak because of the poor production.
Michael A Bosi
The guitars and drums are underneath the bass (even much more so than on recent Maiden albums), and the album has a demo sounding quality to it.
Dead June Bug
Although I don't like this album, you have been with me my whole life and I will buy anything you put out.
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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Dead June Bug on September 27, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Anyone who is as big of a Maiden fan as I am would naturally be excited upon hearing that Steve Harris is releasing a solo album. However, before listening to a single note and researching how it all came to be, it becomes immediately clear that Steve Harris has a very different definition of 'solo album' than, well, anybody else.

Steve has spoken of the already established band "British Lion" as early as 1992. Look for the interview on the Maidenfans site. It's a band he discovered and was looking to help. Now, 20 years later, the band's debut album has finally seen the light of day. Yes, Steve Harris has joined the band, and supposedly co-wrote all the songs (but as in Maiden, this could simply mean he helped with arrangements and/or perhaps added a little section to a pre-existing song, etc). I have no doubt the plan is to use Steve's name to get the album exposure. But make no mistake; this is by no means a true solo album.

All that aside, if it's good, it's good. Unfortunately, it really isn't. Much has been made about the poor vocals on this album. Really, they are indeed pretty thin, lack power, and have a certain amateurish quality. Additionally, the production of the album is pretty weak. The guitars and drums are underneath the bass (even much more so than on recent Maiden albums), and the album has a demo sounding quality to it. But most importantly, I find the songs rather dull. I can honestly say I find none of it very catchy, and it's mostly generic rock that never gets too adventurous.

I am just glad we live in an age where music can be streamed legally before deciding to purchase it. Wanting to give the CD a fair chance, I have listened to it about 5 times, and I do believe I have reached my limit.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By pharcyder on September 25, 2012
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The early reviews of this album are a bit harsh IMO. First off, its true that the lead vocals are not that strong but they are not exactly garbage either. I mean, the leader singer definitely has his shortcomings and I cant imagine him producing a strong live performance but at least on the album its ok. If you expected a Bruce Dicksinson like singer here then you will be disappointed. They just dont have Bruce Dickinson like singers growing on trees. Steve should have done Blaze Bayley a proper here and let him sing lead on this project.

Personally I'm just going to assume that maybe Steve Harris just wanted to make a 70s/80s style hard rock album and get away from making a Maiden like project. Some good rock tunes on this album. A World Without Heaven sticks out as a strong, almost progressive rock type song. Us Against the World is a solid ballad. Eyes of the Young definitely has a bit of an 80s vibe to it.

My major complaint is the production of the album. It just sounds muddy and bland.

Now while this album doesn't break any new ground I find it an enjoyable hard rock album. Better production and maybe stronger vocals would have made it even more enjoyable. Personally I see this album as something that grows on you as you get past the Maiden expectation.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By B. L. Spitler on September 27, 2012
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I am a huge Maiden fan....
However, this is very uninspired. I expected alot more from Steve Harris. The basslines are very nice. There are a couple decent guitar riffs....but very "80's rehashed" sounding. The vocals are VERY uninspired. It just doesnt have the chemistry that I hear from Harris' work with Iron Maiden. Dont get me wrong, I wasnt expecting Iron Maiden. But I was expecting something energetic, from one of metals MOST energetic bass-beaters in history.
This doesnt work. Its doldrum. And unfortunate. Maybe next time?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Glenn O. Kirms on November 4, 2012
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First off, I'm not an Iron Maiden fan so maybe I can be an impartial listener to this album as so many others have really bashed this so-called "solo" effort by Steve Harris. From reading the reviews it seems everyone wanted a Steve Harris release in the vein of Iron Maiden. if that's the case why would Steve Harris even bother releasing a solo effort??? With that said, regardless of his input or collaboration on this record, I, for one am thoroughly enjoying it. For me, this is a straight ahead rock album and doesn't disappoint. But, that's me and everything is subjective to every listener. While I always say each release should be reviewed based on its own merits and not compared to previous, reviewers here are comparing this release to prior Iron Maiden releases and I find that pretty unfair. I'm not finding the weakness in the vocalist because, at times, you could say that about a ton of vocalists out there. Bottom line, this is a great release if you can get around your per-conceived thoughts as to what this should have sounded like.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Schwarz on November 1, 2012
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There's a lot of confusion and mixed reviews for this album due to the fact that it's marketed to sell, rather than for accuracy. This is NOT a Steve Harris solo album (in the same way Iommi's "Seventh Star" wasn't a Black Sabbath album!) - it's a band called British Lion that Steve Harris is playing with, which is released under Harris's name because that will increase exposure and sales. He shares songwriting credits and plays bass on it, but his presence in the overall musical product is not very prominent - for the most part, what we have here is a modern-sounding hard rock band. There are a few instrumental sections that hint at Iron Maiden, but if I heard this album not knowing Steve Harris was involved, I wouldn't really think they were Iron Maidenish! A number of people have mentioned it sounding like classic 70s rock, but to my ears it just reminds me of modern hard rock (with some classic hard rock/metal influences). People have also mentioned the "weak vocals" - they're certainly not up to par with a full-throated classic metal (or power metal) singer, but they're pretty decent for modern rock vocals. Overall, even though I haven't bothered with modern mainstream music since the 80s (I listen to modern bands who are as good as Maiden was in the 80s, not the heirs to the pop-metal scene), I rather like this album - it's not in the league or style of Iron Maiden, but it's a pretty good rock album.
So, don't expect anything Iron Maidenish - fans of Iron Maiden solo projects could compare this to Bruce's "Tattooed Millionaire" and Skunkworks or Adrian Smith's side projects ASAP and Psycho Motel's "Welcome to the World" as an example of an Iron Maiden member trying something a little more mainstream and modern outside Iron Maiden. Listen to the song samples before buying!
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