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The Number Of The Beast
The Number Of The Beast
Price: £5.79

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Number of the Beast, Great!, 12 April 2007
This review is from: The Number Of The Beast (Audio CD)
This is the first album with Bruce Dickinson (the Great?) as singer for Iron Maiden, and wow does he make an impression?! You can tell his influence in the songwriting as well as his completely different style of singing to Di'anno. This album is one of their best, though it's hard to say which is the best. I think that this one hosts Bruce Dickinson's best singing, however some of the songs seem a little tedious.

Since all the songs are completely different you can't properly judge the album as one so here's the songs:

1. Invaders - Not great lyrics, not great music, but it's loud, fast and played well, with excellent singing. 7/10

2. Children of the Damned - My favourite on the album other than the three really phenomenal ones. I just love the guitar fill after each line of "Children of the Damned". 9/10

3. The Prisoner - A good riff and good lyrics, performed brilliantly. I think it's a little overrated by some though. 8/10

4. 22 Acacia Avenue - Nice fast track, and an interesting listen, however obscene in places! I think it's a little long though. 8/10

5. The Number of the Beast - A classic title track and my favourite from the album. Great vocals from Bruce with that high pitched scream after verse 1. 10/10

6. Run to the Hills - I always think this track is overrated, but it is still good, with a great galloping bass line. 10/10

7. Gangland - Fast and furious but not my favourite. 7/10

8. Total Eclipse - A filler track in my opinion, a waste of 4.28 of your life to listen to quite frankly. 3/10

9. Hallowed Be Thy Name - Second only to The Number of the Beast. A great guitar riff, great vocals and great lyrics. 10/10

On a whole this is one of Maiden's better albums, on a par with Powerslave and Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. Also i think they've put random track times on the back (22 Acacia Avenue it says is 4.49 when it's actually over 6, as well as Number of the Beast which it says is 3.50 when it's near 5 minutes).
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A Matter of Life and Death
A Matter of Life and Death
Price: £5.99

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not THAT Good., 12 April 2007
Well, the first thing that you see with this album is the track lengths on the back, and i was shocked to see that 'The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg' at 7:21 was only the 5th longest track on the album. But you can't judge the songs by their length as some long songs can be absolute crackers and others can be long and boring.

Upon listening to the album i was disappointed to find that many of the tracks were long and boring. These include Brighter than a Thousand Suns, The Longest Day, Out of the Shadows (not so long but still a bore), The Lord of Light and The Legacy (at a whopping, boring, 9:20).

There is however a brighter side to the album that is in the other 5 tracks which are all great:

Different World - Bruce shows a great vocal range and the track isn't too long.

These Colours Don't Run - The best track on the album by far with great lyrics and music.

The Pilgrim - Another of the shorter tracks with a great guitar riff.

The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg - This track is great for one that is over 7 minutes, and i really love it when the loud guitar riff suddenly kicks in after a loud start.

The Greater Good of God - A song almost matching up to Rime of the Ancient Mariner, though not quite as long at only 9.24. It is truly awesome how a song so long can grip you all the way through.

On a whole i find the album an interesting listen, especially listening all the way through (however long that takes!). I do find that a many of the tracks are a bit repetitive (in Brighter than a Thousand Suns he repeats the line "Out of the darkness, brighter than a thousand suns" 9 times!) and i feel that it will never live up to the likes of Number of the Beast, Powerslave and Seventh Son of a Seventh Son.

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