I totally share your opinion on "Mother Russia" (except that the melody sounds more Celtic than Eastern to me) apart from the last sentence: it would have been too long as an instrumental I think, and I love "Losfer Words" as it is.Just like Losfer Words from Powerslave sounded empty without vocals, Mother Russia sounds cluttered with them. It potentially could have been superior as a completely instrumental track.
What does it matter that an album goes in different directions? A good song is a good song.Honestly if they wanted to go with a more stripped down and direct approach on the album, they should've gone all in. This song is the musical equivalent of an identity crisis. It wants to be a proggy epic worthy of its older brothers Alexander the Great and Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, but it also doesn't want to go back on the album's overall aesthetic. Frankly, it doesn't do either side particularly well.
That being said, there are some nice melodies and it's mostly enjoyable. Just seems half baked and I don't think Steve even knew what he was trying to achieve with this.
Absolutely.That being said, there are some nice melodies and it's mostly enjoyable.
I think it sounds pretty fluently (smooth). It hits more low notes and some parts are slow. That is indeed not the route Dave often takes, but it surely sounds like him. Also some more aggressive bending, but that's what he did more often on this album (title track!).According to the IM Commentary, lead guitar credits are Dave/Janick/Dave/Janick/Dave.
The 1st solo by Dave is the most un-Dave like solo I ever heard. Not smooth at all; instead it is all over the place. Not saying it is bad, just that because it is so different, for years it was difficult for me to decide if it was Dave or Janick!