Nut Suite. Mini reviews of albums old and new. Minimum words. No fuss. No spoilers [?]. Occasional smugs.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

IRON MAIDEN / Somewhere in Time (1986)

The Iron Maiden sound has remained traditionally galloping from day one but it was shaken up quite dramatically on this album with the addition of some synth guitar; it’s surprisingly good so don’t knock it until you've heard it.  It was mostly due to Adrian Smith, who composed the riffs for some of its strongest songs.  Adrian had always been dependable but hadn't contributed his own vision before.
The 2nd half of the album is less interesting.  It's Maiden by numbers.  If not for Stranger In A Strange Land being placed there it'd be largely forgettable.
The full album cover (HERE) by long-time artist Derek Riggs is densely packed with Maiden lore and classic sci-fi references.

Songs of Note: Caught Somewhere In Time; Stranger In A Strange Land

3½ golden years out of 5

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