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Their most overrated
, October 28, 2005
This review is from: Somewhere In Time [Enhanced] (Audio CD)
I really hate to do this, Iron Maiden is my favorite band but I feel this needs to be said. I have all of Maiden's studio and live albums, I have this album here already a couple of years but I never really got into this one and it somewhat pisses me that fans call it Maiden's best or even one of their best.
My major complaint about SIT is the constant use with synthesizers, don't get me wrong, Seventh Son is one of my favorite Maiden albums and I also listen to some 80's bands that use synths (Rush, Queensryche etc.), but this one sounds too mainstream for my taste and it somewhat sounds dated, unlike SSOASS which had keyboards and the production was way better, and technically, lyrically and musically that was a better album. And Bruce's vocals are very weird here. I also find a lot of songs on the album pointless. 'Caught Somewhere in Time' has whiny vocals in the verses, although the chorus is good, 'The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner' just drags out and becomes boring fast, 'Alexander the Great' is one of the weakest epics Maiden has ever done and 'Sea of Madness' is simply one of their worst songs.
Even though there are some excellent songs. 'Wasted Years' is by far the best song on the album and is one of the best songs Adrian Smith has written, the vocals are excellent and so is the solo, and as a matter of fact, the only song on the album I usually listen from the start through the end. 'Heaven Can Wait' & 'Stranger In A Strange Land' are also good. 'Deja Vu' is the most underrated cut off the album, and is also one of the best, Bruce sounds really good and the riffs are awesome and unlike most of the tracks it sounds actually good with the synths. But that's pretty much it.
All in all, this has it's moments but it is overall a poor effort. This album is for die hard fans only, newbies should get first Number of the Beast or Powerslave, these records never sound dated and still sound excellent today. Maiden has done worse than this but it still ranks in the bottom half in their catalogue, and it's easily their most overrated release.
UP THE IRONS!!!
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