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SOMEWHERE IN TIME

Iron Maiden

 

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3.90 | 422 ratings

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Sagichim
2 stars Hail the chorus effect!

I do enjoy a lot of Iron Maiden's albums and i used to like Somewhere In Time a lot once, but listening to this now the main problem of this album is that it has no great material, the songs does not have the same impact on me as before. One thing that bothers me is the sound, i used to like it before, but it's too similar sounding, the guitars are heavy chorused and does not stop, or use a different sound at all. Dickinson's vocals are good but i don't like his operatic vocals on this album, i like his regular vocals better.

Some of the material is good and some is boring, it seems Iron Maiden went for a simple formula this time, the writing is not exciting at all and is hardly progressive. The songs contain some changes and some nice interludes, but it all sounds flat and not dynamic, most of the riffs are uninspired and that's what is bringing the whole album down. Few of the riffing are good but a lot of it is just boring 80's metal stuff. I used to like pretty much everything the guitars did in their early days, but nothing of it is remotely close here, the solos are not memorable, they are just there because the song gotta have a solo right?

This is definitely a classic Iron Maiden album though, and fans of the Dickinson era will worship this blindly, the band gave their fans all they want, Iron Maiden riffing, Iron Maiden vocals and Iron Maiden rhythms, but it is not enough this time. I admit there are a lot of enjoyable parts here and there, about every song contains one part or two and that's the problem, the good parts are spreaded on the entire album and are far apart, I find my self waiting to hear those thirty seconds that i like and the rest is nothing special, i would expect Iron Maiden to do better.

I have one song that i really like though, I knew this song before i got a copy of the album, and it remained my favorite here, 'Wasted Years' is a great song, it's different from the rest of the album, although i saw some reviews stating this song is cheesy and maybe the album's worst, i love it, it works, it has a good riff, good vocals, great energies and an amazing solo, just perfect.

I really wanted to rate this album higher but i can't, as much as i love Iron Maiden the album does not move me anymore. Although i can not say the band is playing bad, i wish the material was much stronger, because they are a beast and overall the band does work. The album's rating is 3 stars but i'm knocking out one star because of my personal feeling.

Sagichim | 2/5 |

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