I don't understand why people are a bit hard on this song, I personally think this song is a classic and one of the best Steve Harris penned songs and ranked among my Top 10 favorite Maiden songs, I give "Heaven" a 10/10
Great lyrics, catchy melodies and I don't find it repetitive as most people seem to. Not quite an "epic" as it is merely a long(er) song. The sing-along section before H's solo is particularly fun, especially live. Gets a 9 from me.
I’m not really a fan of the chorus, it’s not that bad but it feels kinds cheesy. All the rest is good though: interesting intro, thoughtful lyrics, etc. 8/10, although it’s strange how often they play it live compared to other SIT songs
A warm synth heralds a sweet bass lead and some tasteful soloing. The drums join in for a brief march before breaking into a strong, bouncy groove. This suddenly switches gears into an OK verse that's overstuffed with lyrics. This does a nice downward modulation for the pre-chorus before breaking into a bright, soaring, and unfortunately repetitive chorus.
Another round of sloppy verse, slightly better pre-chorus, and catchy but plodding chorus, and we break into a really good solo section. This gives way to a great vocal bridge that cranks up the melody higher and higher before breaking into a very nice extended "whoah-oh" section with great guitar accents.
This builds up a great groove, then takes a sudden left turn into a decent solo section and harmonized break before returning for another round of verse and synthy chorus. This breaks into a heavier variation of the intro before a final musical breakdown into end the song.
Parts of this song are excellent, but other parts are merely good, and the song isn't as cohesive as it deserves to be. But on balance I think I would round it up to an 8/10.
A great bass intro turns into a pretty great song, with lyrics that don't let up on the singer but Bruce manages to storm through them expertly anyway. A great mid-piece with a nice audience interaction section helps, and as a whole, this is a great song. I'm surprised it's as played as it is, because it feels like it should be a deep cut if anything. Still, it's pretty fucking good. 9
This song is amazing live. Nice intro, the melodic riff is superb, great verses. The chorus is simple and not that good. Two very strong solos, especially Adrian's one which is quite good. The part: ''Take my hand....'' is one thing I want to praise. And the highlight of the song are the ''oh-oh'' chants. Very nice twin-lead guitar harmonies. The end of the song is very good with great drumming. Fun song. It's not a surprise that it was a live staple during 1986-1998. Because of the repetition of the chorus I'll give it a 9/10.
Steve said back in '86 for the song: Eddie himself dictated it to me one night during the last tour...