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Yeah, but I'll get feeling that Dave was little bit off on this whole album.
Sorry to be blunt, but I think there is no basis for thinking one inch of a second that Dave was off on this album. Pure nonsense.
Seriously, what's the next thing to bugger about? Steve played his bass in a funny way, again without the slightest arguments? "Yeah, I don't know how to explain it, but it just felt odd to hear him like that on this and this song". How long do we need to hear these wacko interpretations?
Honestly, Dave played sone of the most beautiful solos from his entire career. Stunning feel, really original in his build-up.
Really, I know people can have different opinions about liking something, but I really think that some of you are lacking something: the ears to hear such musicality. To recognize brilliance in someone's guitar playing. Just listen to his solos on Sorrows and Tears of a Clown. This is new stuff. It is NOT the same as what he did on other albums.
From me this is not criticism. As I said, language barrier is a bitch on this one. What I'm trying to say is that for some time (since AMOLAD I believe) I don't "feel" his solos. Yeah, sometimes they are great but then again - H and Janick sound work for me much more and if I count solos that I like by guitarist, Dave is behind Adrian and Janick. Is this something bad? Well - maybe. I just think about emotions and I feel better while Janick and Adrian play. Then again - probably I will like Dave solos more on live shows.I have trouble with taking overall Dave criticism seriously when one of his most beautiful works (ToaC) is not felt by the criticaster. I agree that his solos on the BNW songs you mention are very good, but on BoS he does a great job as well in some places. Now if you would "get" the ToaC solo, the term generally is out of place when about half of his solos are (for the rest) mentioned in a positive manner.
True. Janick regularly walks the same paths in segments of his post-Virtual XI solos, and this album is no exception. What I find cool though, is that he was allowed to play more solos than on the previous record (his number of contributions on TFF are a slap in the face of people who care about all the amigos). Another good thing: he doesn't do the third solo as often as on previous albums. His solos appear in unexpected places.To be honest the only one I hear playing like he always did is Janick. His licks sound the same as on any other Maiden album. As for Dave and H, I tbink they provide some very emotional palying this time around. It is the first album in a long time where the solos are so fitting to the songs.
That's not bad Meliegree, especially not when you put yourself into the reasoning as well.
True. Janick regularly walks the same paths in segments of his post-Virtual XI solos, and this album is no exception. What I find cool though, is that he was allowed to play more solos than on the previous record. Another good thing: he doesn't do the third solo as often as on previous albums. His solos appear in unexpected places.
I noticed that he does not play a solo in a song (co-)written by Bruce. I also remember Bruce being negative about one of his solos, in the Kevin Shirley TFF diaries, but maybe I'm drawing some parallels that aren't there.
Most of daves solos nowadays sound improvised. Don't know if they are or not but some do sound it. It isn't a problem in it self but it could be why some of them lack confidence to my ears.
SIT is where Adrian peaks at that repeated lick style of playing. Wasted years, CSIT and ATG are the best examples. His solos were brilliant but the structure very predictable, you would get a melodic phrase then a repeated lick, melodic phrase, repeated lick and so on. His solos nowadays are very unprectiable.
Adrian has improved massively over the years. Just compare his BOS or EOTC solo to his basic pentatatonic lick solos off ides of March for example.
Yeah, I honestly wish they had distinct panning for each guitarist. It sure would make figuring out the solos easier.
Improvised solos is what Dave has done throughout his career with Maiden. Talk sense man.