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Definitley a grower... yet ANOTHER solid album in the Maiden catalogue,
This review is from: Piece Of Mind (Audio CD)
It took me a while to get into the album, moreso than The Number of the Beast. But everytime I listen to it, it continues to grows on me, and I can see it making its way to my albums of the 80's list. The first four tracks are fantastic, and are truly classic Maiden. "When Eagles Dare" is a great start to the album, and the vocal performance from Dickinson is one of his best. "Revelations" has grown on me considerably since the first few listens and easily a high point. The intro to that song is superb. "Flight of Icarus" is just perfect, straight up heavy metal classic, and probably my all time favourite Iron Maiden song. That chorus was stuck in my head for days! "Die With Your Boots On", to a lesser extent, is another great track. Again, the chorus is s*** hot, with a very memorable bridge. "The Trooper" needs no introduction, with an insanely catchy riff, and a top sing-a-long chorus. One of the best singles they ever put out. Now this is where the weaker songs kick in. Starting with "Still Life", it's not too bad of a song. The build up to the chorus is promising, and very ballady, which I love from Maiden. But the chorus completely pisses me off. The chants of "NIGHTMARES!!!" aggravate me to a pulp. The next two tracks I can barely remember, but I can recall they are just as average as "Still Life". "Quest for Fire" has pretty poor lyrics, and that chorus, ouch. But "To Tame a Land", the last song on the album does make up for the previous filler. Although not half as good as anything on the first side, it does go out with a bang, and the lyrics are just fantastic. It seems Piece of Mind either has f***ing stunning hooks or plain weak ones. But what it lacks in the consistency department, and although it has a smaller quantity of killer tracks than The Number of the Beast, it does have better songs overall. So yet another solid album in the Iron Maiden catalogue.
Key track: The Trooper
Personal faves: Flight of Icarus, Revelations, When Eagles Dare