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  1. Sara

    The Man Of Sorrows

    Pretty sure it's Davey playing those jazzy licks during the song's melodic outro. I think Janick's only solo in the song is the one right before the jazzy part starts. I am glad to see there's some more critical viewpoints of the song now in this thread, although I find I don't fully agree with...
  2. Sara

    The Book of Souls: General album discussion

    Unlike a lot of people here, I think it's actually the shorter songs which truly elevate this album to great heights. Yes, these days Maiden are mainly known for writing a lot of long songs, but I think the short songs help keep the album grounded, and also adds up to a more dynamic album, with...
  3. Sara

    The Red And The Black

    The first two verses are the high point of the song for me. Bruce's vocals, and the lead guitar line of that section are awesome. I think this song would have worked much better as a shorter song, with all the needless excess stripped away. It's as if Steve made it an epic length song, simply...
  4. Sara

    The Book of Souls: General album discussion

    I prefer all of the shorter songs on this album, over "The Wicker Man", then again, I've always found that particular song to be highly overrated. I don't even find it to be the best short track on BNW. For me "The Fallen Angel" is a far stronger song, and should have been the first single from...
  5. Sara

    Speed Of Light

    I agree that SOL is perfectly placed in it's position as the 2nd track. The song has a greater effect in a full album context in that position, than if it had been placed elsewhere in the tracklisting. It's a wonderful blast of fun sandwiched between the darkly epic 1st song, and the simmering...
  6. Sara

    Empire Of The Clouds

    Couldn't agree more. I do not find Empire in any way a chore to get through, yet I do find getting through TRATB a chore, despite the latter song being 5 minutes shorter. The reason for this, is Empire feels like a solid, cohesive piece of work. TRATB on the other hand, feels like a lot of...
  7. Sara

    Empire Of The Clouds

    Just finished listening to this song once again, and the more I hear it, the shorter it seems to get. lol I'd say that this song is up there with the likes of "2112", and " The Odyssey" as one of the finest prog epics ever recorded. It is magical stuff. xD
  8. Sara

    Most favorite song from The Book Of Souls

    Has to be Empire Of The Clouds. That song is truly a thing of beauty. <3
  9. Sara

    If Eternity Should Fail

    For me, this song blows away "The Wicker Man". It is the best opener since "Sign Of The Cross" hands down.
  10. Sara

    The Book of Souls: General album discussion

    I've never made any secret of the fact that I found "The Final Frontier" to be a disappointing album, largely devoid of truly great songs, and a real step backwards after the awesome AMOLAD. This album however, is a big improvement over TFF, and should have been the album which followed up...
  11. Sara

    The Red And The Black

    I'm glad to see I'm not the only one here who was left underwhelmed by this song. I thought I was going to have to put my flame suit on. lol I certainly will listen to it again, but I'd be surprised if my initial reaction changes much.
  12. Sara

    Shadows Of The Valley

    Like "The Great Unknown", this one has a huge splash of AMOLAD flavour, and is a great little mini epic. The "woah-oh" section near the end really elevates the tension of the track, although the explosive solo which follows it could have done with being a bit longer. I'm not sure I would count...
  13. Sara

    The Red And The Black

    This song is one of the album's weakest for me. The first half of the song suffers from too much repetition, particularly with the "woah oh" sections, and the chorus is too drawn out for it's own good. There are lots of nice parts during the lengthy instrumental section, but the problem here, is...
  14. Sara

    Empire Of The Clouds

    Thank you Sixes, I appreciate you saying that. :)
  15. Sara

    Tears Of A Clown

    Apart from "Empire Of The Clouds", this was the song I was most anticipating, after learning it was about the late Robin Williams, who I am a huge fan of. And whilst this is the shortest song on the album, I feel it has a great sense of depth to it, which can't really be fully absorbed after...
  16. Sara

    Empire Of The Clouds

    Whilst this song isn't quite perfect, it is nonetheless, a sterling piece of songwriting, which is engaging and affecting, and definitely pulls at my emotions in a very positive way. Why is it not perfect? Well, the long instrumental section sandwiching the points where the vocals end and then...
  17. Sara

    The Book Of Souls (song not album)

    Believe me, even these days, I have seen people saying Maiden should fire Janick. This song is really prime Maiden, and is very worthy in it's place as this album's title track. Whilst "Empire Of The Clouds" is the album's true jaw dropping moment, this song is like the glue that holds the whole...
  18. Sara

    The Book Of Souls (song not album)

    I've always found Janick to be very underrated as a songwriter, and here with Steve, he has managed to totally outdo the sole Steve-penned epic on the album. It irks me no end when people say Janick should have been ejected when H returned to the band, because to me, he has proved himself time...
  19. Sara

    Death Or Glory

    This song didn't click with me immediately in the way "Speed Of Light" did, but after repeated plays, it has shown itself up to be an awesome little number. One thing I did love about the song on first listening, was the bridge and the solo section, which is magnificent, but the other elements...
  20. Sara

    If Eternity Should Fail

    The spoken outro is awesome, and another aspect of the song which conjures up thoughts of "The Chemical Wedding". One negative of Bruce rejoining Maiden, was it put his solo career on hold, which at the time was blossoming into something very special. So it's nice to have a touch of that flavour...
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