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A work of two halves
on 21 March 2010
"Tattooed Millionaire" is Bruce Dickinson's first solo album, recorded while he was still a member of Iron Maiden, but was looking to do something outside the group. Given the fact that Bruce is in Maiden, it is clear that this was never going to be that far removed from heavy metal, and so it turns out - while lacking the full-on onslaught of Maiden's albums, this is clearly coming from a similar place, albeit slightly toned down.
Some of this album is very good - "Born in '68", "Son Of A Gun", the title track and "Gypsy Road" are all worth a listen, and the cover of Mott / Bowie's "All The Young Dudes", while not improving on the original, is creditable enough. However, for most of the other tracks on the album, Dickinson descends into adolescent smut for the lyrics - I'd call it innuendo, but it isn't even that subtle. These tracks grow old very quickly - as an adult, I'd be embarassed if anyone caught me listening to them!
It's a shame - had Dickinson produced another 4 or 5 tracks like the better ones on here, this would have been a very worthy album. As it is, it's worth buying, but make sure your CD player's remote is to hand to skip the dross.