Still Life

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Diesel 11

As you scream into the web of silence...
10/10. One of Maiden's finest songs ever. Definite Top 10 track. The mood is incredible, the lyrics incredible, this song is incredible. Yes.
 

Palpy

Blacker than the night
What's with the reversed Idi Amin intro? I'd understand it on a more silly song like DWYBO, but to me, it kind of kills the mood the song's going for, even if it is funny.
I don't think it was put there at random. Staring at the water is like looking in a mirror, which fits the concept of the backward messages, and in a certain way Nicko can be warning the protagonist of the story not to be influenced by what he sees, which is most likely his and his lover's reflections in the pool.
 

Jer

Yes, Yes, Another Beer!
Backward Nicko vocals herald a gentle, chilling intro. Bruce delivers a great, husky whisper of a verse on top of brilliant guitar accompaniment. This kicks into a heavier pre-chorus and a heavier version of the verse that's less successful but still good.

Another pre-chorus and we get an OK but out of place chorus with some rote backing music. Disappointing. Then we get a stronger semi-heavy verse and pre-chorus before returning to the OK chorus.

A brief interlude leads into a nice harmonized section and a pretty good solo followed by a better one. A variation on the verse with busier drums and some nice vocal harmonies takes us through the pre-chorus and chorus before we end on a final vocal and a faint "yeah!".

This is probably the song most frequently called out as underrated in the catalog. I'm guessing people say this because of its brilliant opening and the nice heavier callbacks to it later on. But for me the song loses some steam after the opening and the chorus is so-so, so I'm thinking that it's not really underrated at all. 7/10.
 

LooseCannon

Enterprise-class aircraft carrier
Staff member
I think Still Life is a song that really appeals to certain types of listeners. It has some really interesting parts to it, not least of which is the way Bruce sings the verses, that almost breathless huff. I personally really like the song, 8+ when I rank it, but it's an odd little construction for an Iron Maiden album. Piece of Mind is full of odd constructions, some of them really work, and some of them don't work so well.
 

Diesel 11

As you scream into the web of silence...
The highlight of the album, hands-down. "Still Life" is a masterpiece, featuring hauntingly chilling music, an involving storyline, and great, obsessive vocals from Bruce. A true gem in a great discography. 10
 

Stardust

Mr. Blue Sky
...ah, where was I? Oh, yes, I was supposed to be doing these song reviews. Geez, I need to be consistent with these. But looking past that for the time being, let's get the ball rolling again. And next up is Still Life, a song often named one of Maiden's most underrated songs. Hmm, can you really call this one underrated, then? Eh, whatever, people tend to use the terms "overrated/underrated" for everything now.

ANYWAY, before I get sidetracked again, this song has been a considerably slow grower. It was amongst the first ten Maiden songs I ever heard back when I first got into the band in good ol' 2011. Yes, indeed! ...back then, I didn't like it very much. It stood out from the other decidedly more standard Maiden songs on that list. What songs were on that list, you may ask? Well, I'll talk about that a later time but not now. So, it fell to the wayside while I got into the band through the other songs. And to make a long, long story short, only THIS year I got a new appreciation for it. Now...I love this song. I really do. It's not a top ten song but it's sure close! The lyrics, the music - everything just works here. That major-key prechorus gets some ire from people here but I love it.

Buuuut, aside from that, I've not got a lot more to say about this one, unless you guys really want to see me gushing endlessly. Don't worry, you'll get that in due time. For now, I'll just reward this one with a 10/10.
 

Luisma

Years Wasted
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"[The song] it's basically the story of a guy who is drawn like a magnet to a pool of water. He sees faces in the lake. He has nightmares about it and in the end he jumps in and takes his lady with him. It's a very enjoyable number to play because there's a lot going on. Again we're creating a mood and coming in with a very heavy guitar sound. Adrian takes the first solo. After his solo there is a really tight bass and drums staccato part which goes right across the top of the riff. I like that part a lot." (Steve Harris for John Stix – Guitar For The Practicing Musician – February 1984)

"It' about fear of drowning." (Steve Harris for Kresimir – IronMaiden.com Q&A – September 30, 2000)

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Kalata

Out of the Silent Planet
One of the best intros from Dave (along with the vocals). Thunderous drums from Nicko after it. Very good verses and riff. The chorus is good. Both solos are well executed. Great twin-lead harmony before the solos too. The drumming through the whole song is immense. This is a interesting song in the band's discography. 8/10
 
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