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No Prayer for the Dying

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  • Audio CD (14 July 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000006RHS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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3.7 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BS on parade on 14 Sept. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This album isn't much liked by Maiden fans. I suppose the only reason I like it so much is because it's the first album of theirs I heard.

A lot of people consider Hooks In You, Run Silent Run Deep, The Assassin etc to be filler. I don't. I genuinely consider them to be as important as the singles; Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter, Holy Smoke and Tailgunner. These songs have been forgotten. Obscure album tracks on an obscure album.

In my opinion the only bad track is Mother Russia. They always end their albums with a long epic track. This one is short and too vague to make any impact. If anything, it feels like the first half of a song. It just sort of fades out before the second half plays. Although having said that, the church like moaning on it sounds good.

It's been said that it sounds underproduced. Maybe I don't have an ear for that sort of thing, but I don't think it sounds rough and ready. And even if it does, is that such a bad thing? It can be seen as going back to their punk roots.

If nothing else it has more inspired songwriting on it than the limp Fear of the Dark and the tepid Somewhere In Time albums.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on 13 Nov. 2001
Format: Audio CD
What makes this Maiden album special is that all the songs are so short but packed full of great ideas. The title track and 'Mother Russia' sound like epics but they're both only about 5 minutes long. There are great hooky tracks like 'Holy Smoke', 'Bring Your Daughter...' and 'Hooks in You'(which has some intentionally hilarious lyrics) alongside growers like 'The Assassin' and 'Run Silent Run Deep'. It's a fun rock album played with great energy and enthusiasm. It's a very different but most welcome addition to the Maiden discography.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ratmonkey on 22 July 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The biggest reason why this is such a disappointing album is evident when listening to any of Maiden's previous 7. They are all so very, very good. The writing comes across as being poured over, revised and corrected and bettered again and again. No Prayer... just sounds like the band thought that the songs will do. It feels rushed and it feels lazy. And, unfortunately, it feels of its time - the herald of grunge and britpop and the coming of the heavy metal wasteland of the 90s.

The album itself is not terrible. There are a handful of good tracks but no classics at all. 'Tailgunner' is probably the most Maiden sounding track on the album and is one of the better ones. But there is a new edge to the sound, somehow. As 'Seventh Son...' seemed very prog-influenced, 'No Prayer...' seems to be finding its voice as a striaghtforward rock album. The guitars are crisper and a bit dirtier sounding and there is no overall epic quality, like in 'Piece of Mind', 'Powerslave' or the 'fuzziness' of 'Somewhere in Time'.

'Holy Smoke' is ok but not really single material. The title track is very good but a million miles away from their best. 'Public Enema', 'Fates Warning', 'The Assassin' and 'Run Silent...' range from ok to mediocre which has never happened to a run of 4 tracks on a Maiden album - EVER! 'Hooks in You' is actually my favourite song on the album, which is strange as it is more reminiscent of their B-sides from 'Somewhere in Time', 'That Girl' and 'Juanita' and very un-Maidenesque. Still, a good song is a good song.

'Bring your Daughter...' is a bit of fun but it isn't really THAT good, which is probably why it got so high up in the charts. Ironic that Maiden had their biggest commercial result from their least creative album. And 'Mother Russia' is awful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sandra O'Hagan on 14 July 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is suprisingly underrated. In my opinion this album is awesome and goes along with all the other classic Iron Maiden albums. There are some really awesome maiden songs here Holy Smokes & Public Enema Number One are my favourites out of this album. I think only not too keane on Mother Russia it starts off cool and ends cool but a little repetitive (sorry to say). Iron Maiden after the departure of the guitarist Adrian Smith went onto more Rock N' Roll style which for isnt a bad thing it works for me so i think this album is awesome. Maybe not the best place to start with Iron Maiden but a very good buy for Maiden fans should i really be mentioning that?. New Iron Maiden fans start with The Number Of The Beast. UP THE IRONS!!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Owen on 21 May 2012
Format: Audio CD
If there's one single thing this album lacks, it's accessibility; it isn't easy to appreciate many of the tracks on first listen. On re-visiting the album, you'll find a joy in the snarling guitar riffs that drive songs like Hooks in You, Pulic Enema Number One, and Holy Smoke. Bruce's growling tone punctuates the driving rhythms with a typically strong enthusiasm, and Murray & Gers are regularly let-off-the-leash to perform their now trademark lively solos.

The hidden gems of this album are Run Silent Run Deep, Fate's Warning, and No Prayer for the Dying. The first has a dark, brooding feel with a lovely mix of acoustic harmony and electric melodies, the second is driven my classic Maiden dove-tailing guitars, and the third is a slow, pensive piece that invites the listener to reflect on life and it's meaning.

You'll find something in every song on this album that you'll want to rewind back to time and time again. It may not be the most elegant-sounding record in the world, but it's certainly worth giving a good chance, in my opinion...
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