SIT: individual album judgement by yours truly

Discussion in 'Somewhere In Time' started by Forostar, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. CriedWhenBrucieLeft

    CriedWhenBrucieLeft Night Growler

    Caught Somewhere in Time 9
    Wasted Years 9
    Sea of Madness 9
    Heaven Can Wait 8
    The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner 9
    Stranger in a Strange Land 10
    Déjà Vu 9
    Alexander the Great 10

    Album Average 9.13

    Album rankings per person
    thread >
     
    Last edited: May 20, 2018
    Forostar likes this.
  2. SirRobbins

    SirRobbins Ancient Mariner

    Caught Somewhere in Time - 10
    Wasted Years - 10
    Sea of Madness - 10
    Heaven Can Wait - 8
    The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner - 10
    Stranger in a Strange Land - 9
    Deja Vu - 10
    Alexander the Great - 10

    9.62 average
     
    Forostar likes this.
  3. soundwave

    soundwave Educated Fool

    Caught Somewhere in Time 11 (yes...this one goes to 11)
    Wasted Years 9
    Sea of Madness 8
    Heaven Can Wait 10
    The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner 10
    Stranger in a Strange Land 10
    Déjà Vu 9
    Alexander the Great 10

    Album Average (with CSIT as a 10) 9.5

    Addendum scoring:
    Album Cover 10
    Production 9
    Inside band picture 4
     
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2017
    TheSpectreWithin likes this.
  4. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 As you scream into the web of silence...

    Caught Somewhere In Time - 9/10
    Wasted Years - 10/10
    Sea of Madness - 10/10
    Heaven Can Wait - 9.5/10
    The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner - 9.5/10
    Stranger in a Strange Land - 8.5/10
    Deja Vu - 9.5/10
    Alexander the Great - 10/10

    Total: 9.5/10
     
    Forostar likes this.
  5. Eddieson

    Eddieson Nomad

    Somewhere In Time (#5)

    Caught Somewhere In Time: 8
    Wasted Years: 8
    Sea Of Madness: 8
    Heaven Can Wait: 7
    The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner: 6
    Stranger In A Stranger Land: 7
    Deja-Vu: 7
    Alexander The Great: 10

    Album Average: 7,625
     
    Forostar likes this.
  6. SirRobbins

    SirRobbins Ancient Mariner

    to me, CSIT is the greatest Maiden song ever made...... It literally features all the greatness they offer... galloping guitars and bass, dynamic opening, repetitive chorus, deep thought provoking lyrics, AMAZING twin guitar harmony (the best solo ever?) and a phenomenal bridge riff to kick off the chorus.... not to mention the best guitar tone they ever had
     
    TheSpectreWithin and soundwave like this.
  7. Ziggyplayedguitar

    Ziggyplayedguitar Educated Fool

    Caugh somewhere in Time - 10
    Wasted Years - 10
    Sea of Madness - 10
    Heaven Can Wait - 10
    The Lonlinnes - 9
    Strange in a Strange Land - 10
    Deja Vu - 9
    Alexander the Great - 10

    9,8
     
    Forostar likes this.
  8. CycleMotion

    CycleMotion Invader

    Caught Somewhere in Time 10
    Wasted Years 10
    Sea of Madness 8
    Heaven Can Wait 7
    The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner 9
    Stranger in a Strange Land 6
    Déjà Vu 8
    Alexander the Great 10

    Album Average 8,5
     
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2017
  9. Number 6

    Number 6 Ancient Mariner

    1. "Caught Somewhere In Time" - 8,0
    2. "Wasted Years" - 9,0
    3. "Sea of Madness" - 8,0
    4. "Heaven Can Wait" - 9,0
    5. "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner" - 7,0
    6. "Stranger In a Strange Land" - 9,0
    7. "Deja-Vu" - 8,0
    8. "Alexander the Great (356-323 BC)" - 10,0
    Somewhere In Time: 8,5
     
  10. Number 6

    Number 6 Ancient Mariner

    Update:
    1. "Alexander the Great" - 10
    2. "Wasted Years" - 10
    3. "Stranger In a Strange Land" - 9
    4. "Heaven Can Wait" - 9
    5. "Caught Somewhere In Time" - 9
    6. "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner" - 9
    7. "Sea of Madness" - 8
    8. "Deja-Vu" - 8
    Somewhere In Time: 9,0
     
  11. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 As you scream into the web of silence...

    Update:

    1. Wasted Years - 10/10
    2. Alexander the Great - 10/10
    3. Deja Vu - 10/10
    4. Sea of Madness - 10/10
    5. Stranger in a Strange Land - 10/10
    6. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner - 9.5/10
    7. Heaven Can Wait - 9.5/10
    8. Caught Somewhere In Time - 9/10

    Total: 9.8/10
     
    Dityn DJ James and soundwave like this.
  12. NPFTD

    NPFTD Invader

    Caught Somewhere in Time 10
    Wasted Years 9
    Sea of Madness 8
    Heaven Can Wait 8
    The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner 10
    Stranger in a Strange Land 9
    Déjà Vu 8
    Alexander the Great 8
     
  13. PieceofMind89

    PieceofMind89 Trooper

    Caught Somewhere in Time- 10/10
    Wasted Years- 10/10
    Sea of Madness- 10/10
    Heaven Can Wait- 9/10
    The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner- 10/10
    Stranger in a Strange Land- 9.5/10
    Deja Vu- 9/10
    Alexander the Great- 7.5/10

    Total: 9.4/10
     
  14. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 As you scream into the web of silence...

    1. Alexander the Great - 10/10
    2. Wasted Years - 10/10
    3. Deja Vu - 10/10
    4. Stranger In A Strange Land - 10/10
    5. Heaven Can Wait - 10/10
    6. Sea of Madness - 10/10
    7. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner - 10/10

    8. Caught Somewhere In Time - 9/10
    Rating: 9.875/10

    There was no better way to follow up the masterpiece that was Powerslave than by this album. They changed everything here. It's the odd-record-out from Maiden and their "coolest" at the same time. It's both the most melodic and the heaviest. It's such a great album. After falling in my rankings for a while, I think Somewhere In Time is back on the rise now.
     
  15. Shmoolikipod

    Shmoolikipod Trooper

    Update 21/7/2018

    Caught Somewhere in Time: 10/10 ±0
    Wasted Years: 10/10 ±0
    Sea of Madness: 10/10 ±0
    Heaven Can Wait: 10/10 +2
    The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner: 10/10 +1
    Stranger in a Strange Land: 10/10 ±0
    Deja-Vu: 10/10 +1
    Alexander the Great: 9/10 +1

    Average: 9.87 +0.62

    30/7/2018
    Alexander the Great -1
     
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2018
  16. Jer

    Jer Firechild

    Just went through this myself on the individual track threads.

    Caught Somewhere In Time - 7/10 >
    Wasted Years - 10/10 >
    Sea Of Madness - 9/10 >
    Heaven Can Wait - 8/10 >
    The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner - 6/10 >
    Stranger In A Strange Land - 9/10 >
    Deja-Vu - 6/10 >
    Alexander The Great - 10/10 >

    Average: 8.1/10

    Maiden's first foray into synths and spacey guitars is a bit uneven, but still great overall.

    Adrian Smith is the star of the show here, being the sole songwriter for both of the album's singles as well as "Sea Of Madness" (accounting for 3 of the 4 songs that scored a 9/10 or higher), and leaving his stamp all over the other great tracks. Steve and Bruce also shine with a bunch of great performances throughout the album.

    Nicko is more of a mixed bag, with some sweet drum interaction in a number of places, but some really grating and repetitive cut-time drumming on "Loneliness..." and "Deja-Vu".

    There are a handful of weaker tracks here, but the rest are so great that it's hard to complain.

    (Album rankings by person post >)
     
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2018
  17. Forostar

    Forostar Ancient Mariner

    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....!

    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?
     
  18. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 As you scream into the web of silence...

    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.
     
  19. Forostar

    Forostar Ancient Mariner

    Somewhere in Time a step down in drumming. :nuts:
     
    SirRobbins, frus and Shmoolikipod like this.
  20. Jer

    Jer Firechild

    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.

    On "Deja-Vu" it doesn't serve any purpose other than to annoy, unless Nicko's just trying to give me deja-vu over how I felt during "Loneliness...".
    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.

    Sorry, but "Deja-Vu" is lazy filler from a band that can do so much better (and does, all over the place, on the same album).
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice