Sound — 9
For Bruce Dickinson's first solo record, and an album that was supposedly written in a week and a half, Tattooed Millionaire really packs a punch and leaves a lasting effect. The band members sound fantastic on this album, Bruce really put together a great group for such a spur of the moment project. Janick Gers, current Iron Maiden guitarist, really shines. His work on Tattooed Millionaire is as good if not better than most of his work with Maiden. There are numerous musical tastes this album touches upon, which is one of the reasons many people disregard it as a good album. There are several more straightforward rock songs, like Dive! Dive! Dive!, Hell On Wheels and Lickin' The Gun. The album's opener, Son Of A Gun, is a wonderful progressive rocker, reminiscant of previous Iron Maiden songs such as Infinite Dreams, and ironically was the basis for a future Maiden song, Judas Be My Guide. There are also several more power ballad-y type songs on the album, such as Gypsy Road and Born In '58. Finally, there is an ace cover of the Mott The Hoople classic All The Young Dudes. The 2005 reissue comes with a second disc, including the original, pre-Maiden version of Bring Your Daughter... To The Slaughter, a cover of the AC/DC song Sin City, a live cover of the Samson song Riding With The Angels, and the b-sides for all the singles corresponding with the album.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are absolutely mindblowing if the album was indeed written in a week and a half, as Bruce and Janick claim. The lyrics deal with issues in the world such as gun control and corruption among celebrities, as well as a song that was written for Bruce's grandfather. And what rock album would be complete without a song or two about sex? The themes throughout the album are much simpler than any of Bruce's other albums, but undoubtedly the lyrics are just as powerful and meaningful as one would expect. Bruce's vocal perfomances are spot on, much to the contrary of the Iron Maiden album recorded the same year, No Prayer For The Dying.
Overall Impression — 9
After listening the album over for over a year now, it has stood the test of time much more than any of Bruce's other albums, in my opinion. It is undoubtedly my favorite of his solo albums, and indeed one of my favorite albums ever. The standout songs on the album are Son Of A Gun (a six minute progressive epic), Tattooed Millionaire (Bruce's most recognized song, and the only song from the album to stand the test of time in his live shows), and Lickin' The Gun (a song that draws heavy infulence from Aerosmith according to Janick, and the guitar parts were written in a very Perry-esque style). The only real letdown on the album is the closer, No Lies. It seems like they had nine songs and needed a tenth, so they threw it together in a half hour. This album is well worth your $15, that is if any of your local music stores can be assed to carry it.