Sound — 10
the sound on this album is a very futuristic sound, a bit compressed with added synths for a "cool" atmosphere, Bruce Dickinson's singing is at it's A-game here, and Adrian Smith steps in the spotlight with some amazing solos, and Dave Murray has a few too. Drums and bass are up to the Maiden standards courtesy of Nicko McBrain and Steve Harris. 01. Caught Somewhere In Time: starts off with a harmony, and then builds up to a fast paced adventure that contains two blazing guitar solos. /10 02. Wasted Years: Kind of a powerballad, catchy riffs and singing. /9 03. Sea of Madness: really cool song, great solos and singing. /10 04. Heaven Can Wait: one of the longer songs on the album, the solos rival Caught Somwhere in Time's, and the song is fast paced and doesn't bore. /10 05. The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner: a fast paced song, but it can get corny at times, great guitar harmonies. /8 06. Stranger In A Strange Land: very good, the verses and the guitar solo make the song great. /9 07. Deja Vu: probably the most underrated song on the album, amazing vocals and guitar harmonies. /10 08. Alexander The Great: there couldn't be a better way to close the album. the vocals will sound shivers down your spine, and as usual the solos are nothing short of amazing.
Lyrics — 9
01. Caught Somehwere in Time: somewhat Docter Who-esque lyrics, kind of cheesy, but it fits the mood of the album and the theme of the song very well, Bruce sounds amazing on this. /10 02. Wasted Years: very good lyrics, "Don't waste your time always searching for those wasted years." Singing is great, but the chorus gets repetitive near the end. /8.5 03. Sea Of Madness: the lyrics are deep and hard to comprehend, but the "Sun don't shine, on the sea of madness" interlude makes the song. /10 04. Heaven Can Wait: this is about a near-death experience. Bruce's singing guides you the whole way through. /10 05. The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner: musically, this is an amazing song, but lyrically, not so much. /5 06. Stranger in a Strange Land: about being frozen in ice on an Arctic land. great singing here, and very good lyrics as well. /9 07. Deja Vu: the title is pretty self explanatory, the singing is some of the best on the album, and it makes the song what it is. /9 08. Alexander The Great: yet another very self explanatory title, the singing takes you away on a journey throughout Alexander's life. Amazing. /10
Overall Impression — 10
This album is often overlooked, but it can seriously hold its own against the Maiden discography, and obviously being a Maiden song, is leagues above many artist's albums. Every song on the album has it's own unique qualities, and they all stand out. Being a guitarist, I can appreciate the guitar playing as some of the best that Adrain and dave have ever done. If this was stolen/lost I would definitely buy it again. So do yourselves a favor, get this album, and up the Irons!! \m/