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Not A Prayer,
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This review is from: No Prayer For The Dying (Audio CD)
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.
On the whole, by any other hard rock band this would be a worthy acheivement. From a band of Maiden's grandeur and back catalogue, this is unforgivable. But the saddest thing about it is that it is the first album to break the status quo of the perfect 7 run of albums.
Despite this, Maiden are still one the best things ever about music.
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Initial post: 23 Aug 2010 17:16:49 BDT
You're mad! Mother Russia is pure sex!!!
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Sep 2010 23:51:17 BDT
K. Bowden says:
Lyrically, it always reminded me of one of Adrian Mole's poems...
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