on 29 June 2015
OMG what was Bruce thinking, this album is a mish mash of songs, like Gods of war and tears of a dragon but really none of the others. I bought this after already buying chemical wedding and accident of birth , bad idea ,this is really nothing like either.
on 15 May 2014
I've always loved Bruce's solo work, but for some reason never got around to buying this one. Well, slap me with a kipper, was that a mistake!
There are some great songs on this: '1000 points of light', 'Laughing in the hiding bush' and 'Tears of the dragon' are all classics. My only criticisms are of 'Sacred Cowboys', a self-confessed stab at commercialism (Bruce rapping? Nooo!!!!) and the over-long, rather dull 'Cyclops' (why on earth is that the opening track?), but apart from those blips, this is a top-notch album.
on 10 September 2003
Firstly, this isn't Iron Maiden. If your looking for anything even remotely close to Englands finest then check out 'Accident of Birth' or 'Chemical Wedding'. If, on the other hand, your willing to take a little risk and experiment a little then check out this little gem, and for my cash, Bruce Dickinsons' finest solo effort. I didn't fully appreciate this album on first listen, it wasn't until i saw the tour that backed this album that my ears and eyes opened up and i have never had any regrets. It's an interesting exploration of various styles of rock music by a vocalist, who, let's be honest, at that time wasn't sure if this whole solo project was even going to work. He took a risk, and i urge you to do the same. From the best song you never heard on your radio in 'Shoot all the Clowns', to the social observations of 'Sacred Cowboys', into the soft, mellow tones of 'Change of Heart' to the anthemic and Bruce's best solo effort of 'Tears of the Dragon' this album is so well constructed - it carries you along on a musical journey. From the opening chords of the examination of modern day media intrusion that is 'Cyclops', through a more rock vane of '1000 Points of Light' to the Alex Dickinson (Bruces' son) inspired 'Laughing in the Hiding Bush' this is Bruce at his songwritting best and sounding awesome. Buy it - buy it now - and buy it's twin brother 'Alive in Studio A' - and don't blame me if you suddenly realise that, with this gem nearly a decade old, you've been missing out big time.
on 28 September 2000
The opening song, Cyclops, is magnificent in every respect. Over seven minutes of pure unadulterated rock. A masterstroke to open the album with.
Change of Heart, is also a fantastic song. But certainly not typical of Maiden's stuff... definitly something that Bruce has thought he can pull off without them. And did he just. Makes you wonder really why he doesn't write more like this for the Irons? A song of pure class.
Tears of the Dragon, is easily the best song on the album and possibly Bruce's finest ever, ranking easily alongside 'Bring your daughter... to the Slaughter'. This is a completely different kind of track and probably more universally appealing. But if you are hard rock only don't let that put you off.
This album isn't hard rock. Bruce avoided that until his 'Chemical Wedding' album. It is very much soft, as Bon Jovi is. The other tracks on the album are definitely listenable to, but they wn't be the ones you'll have playing seven times on repeat before moving on.