Sound — 10
This album, whilst regarded as the peak of their career, was also the start of their decent. The synths used sparingly on the tracks add a new dimension to the awesome Maiden sound and there isn't a single bad song on the album. These synths would later lead to the departure of Adrian Smith but in this album particularly, they really added to the concept.
Lyrics — 9
Lyrics are typical Maiden and any fan will know what to expect from them. The great thing about this album in particular is that it is a concept alcbum, and so most songs relate to the story of the Seventh Son. Another great point is that unlike most Maiden albums, there simply isn't one bad song on here. In fact, some album tracks which seem to have disappeared into obscurity are actually some of their best songs arguably, such as Only The Good Die Young and Infinite Dreams.
Overall Impression — 9
As stated, SSOASS is to me and most Maiden fans the peak before the crah of Iron Maiden. Nowadays they are back on form but this was the last album before Adrian left and only one album later so did Bruce. This is the culmination of Iron Maidens signature sound and is one of two number one albums they have had in the UK. If you're just getting into Maiden, this is the album to pick up second, right after Number Of The Beast has let you know what you're in for.