Discussion in 'Virtual XI' started by Anonymous, Apr 11, 2004.
The second weak point of the album.
The weakest song on the album. Still, it's decent, but too repetitive and I don't like the drumming. 6/10
Only played 3 or 4 times at the beginning of the Virtual XI Tour.
Easily the worst on the album. I'll never understand why Angel is the poster child for the hate Virtual XI gets when this song is far worse. Not only is the chorus too repetitive here, but it's annoying. They try to build it up but it fails where the Clansman did it perfectly. It doesn't really build into anything and it doesn't have the same power. It's just obnoxious. Forced intensity that just comes off sounding bland. Even the instrumental music is bland. Lots of generic riffs and melodies repeated endlessly.
At this point the sudden ending just seems lazy. This one should've been left on the cutting floor.
Seems almost a cliché to say it but the repetition is awful. Beyond that it's almost embarrassing because it's not even a good melody which is repeated (see The Apparition). Plodding instrumental and bad production too.
Actually guilty of all the crap people say The Angel and the Gambler is guilty of.
Look...I know that Maiden's lyrics are cheesy at times, and most of the time it doesn't bother me, BUT this song is frickin' ridiculously bad. The lyrics and verse riff sound like they were written by 12 year old, and the big 'climax' is completely ruined by the 'muppet drumming' and the seemingly 4 hours of repetition that proceeded it. 3/10.
Well I'll give this song a 6/10, it's repetitious but I can still get into it. Actually my big thing with it is the fact that every time I hear it I instantly think of "Don't Talk To Strangers" by Dio... the two songs are quite different so it's probably just the title.
Don’t Look to the Eyes of a Stranger is another song with an overly repetitive chorus line, but it’s far better than Angel and the Gambler. Blaze successfully displays his full range of emotion, despite some more trite Harris lyrics. The repetitive section does grow old, but the underlying music continues to build and build, eventually leading to a completely madcap carnival section with the best solos on the entire album.
Bumped up my vote to an 8/10, possibly a 9 later on. I personally find it an enjoyable listen.
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