Caught Somewhere in Time 11 (yes...this one goes to 11
I’m not sure about those two songs, but SiT, to me, was a step-down in drumming. It doesn’t seem as inspired as on the previous two albums, and instead of really being a part of the music itself Nicko is merely supporting it.Nicko is playing phenomenal on Loneliness and Deja-Vu. Some of his most difficult and admirable drums. The stamina, intensity, fluidity, feel.... Can it be rea hea heal....!
Something can be difficult to play and still not sound very good. I understand the thinking behind the cut-time drumming on "Loneliness...", because it evokes the plodding, endless 1-2-1-2 of the runner's feet pounding against the ground. It works thematically, but it goes on and on and on to the point where it really starts to grate on my ears and stops being enjoyable.Nicko is playing phenomenal on Loneliness and Deja-Vu. Some of his most difficult and admirable drums. The stamina, intensity, fluidity, feel.... Can it be rea hea heal....!
I like well written, interesting music. If you take a boring lead and slap a lazy "up a third" harmony part on it, that doesn't make it any less boring. But if you take an interesting part and harmonize it in an interesting way, it can take it to the next level.Perhapa not coincidental: the songs with the most (and imo best) harmonies get the lowest grades. Are you not much into Maiden's guitar harmonies?