Stranger in a Strange Land

How good is Stranger in a Strange Land on a scale of 1-10?


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TheSeventhSonRoberto

Rockin in Rio
10/10 this was released as a single and the fact that this is off all the setlists for many years is a travesty! All of Iron Maidens singles from the 80's still have plenty of play on their setlist but Stranger got shafted from bad luck to bad timing (with Adrian's dad passing I guess that's where they dropped the song from the setlist and it has never returned since)
 

TheSeventhSonRoberto

Rockin in Rio
10/10 this was released as a single and the fact that this is off all the setlists for many years is a travesty! All of Iron Maidens singles from the 80's still have plenty of play on their setlist but Stranger got shafted from bad luck to bad timing (with Adrian's dad passing I guess that's where they dropped the song from the setlist and it has never returned since)
 

MrKnickerbocker

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10.

H for the three-peat! I love the vibe of this song. The main riff/chorus and the pre-chorus are stellar. It also has one of my all time favorite Maiden solo sections. The guitar is lit'rally wailing for help.
 
Stranger in a Strange Land has the misfortune of following up Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner. That's not even fair.
This is a great song that had to grow on me over several listens. I imagine Ed walking into a space bar and killing someone, like the image on the single.
More great singing by Bruce. Intriguing lyrics. Adrian's guitar solo is whisking me away to a dreamland.

10/10
 

Eddieson

Nomad
Grooving riff, and a nice song overall. The solo is great like many of you have said.
But I find it a little repetitive and it never really lifts to be honest. Bruces vocals are still not the best here as for a big part of the album.

7/10
 

SinisterMinisterX

Illuminatus
Staff member
10/10, largely for the great bass solo. I also like how Steve lays back a bit on this track, and the guitars feel more free because of it. Also a phenomenal vocal performance - you try hitting those chorus notes. I have, it wasn't pretty.
 

Pand

Ancient Mariner
I'll be the one to give this the lowest rating so far. I find this a pretty average song, with a slightly repetitive feel and an uninteresting chorus. Not a bad song, but the weakest part of the album for me.

6/10
 

DJMayes

Educated Fool
7. Was struggling between this and an 8 and the outro sealed the deal. The weakest song on the album but that is more of a comment on the album than the song.

Rankings:

Previous Albums:

Iron Maiden - 6.67

8 - Prowler
6 - Sanctuary
7 - Remember Tomorrow
6 - Running Free
9 - Phantom Of The Opera
7 - Transylvania
4 - Strange World
6 - Charlotte The Harlot
7 - Iron Maiden

Killers - 5.91

6 - The Ides Of March
6 - Wrathchild
6 - Murders In The Rue Morgue
5 - Another Life
5 - Genghis Khan
5 - Innocent Exile
8 - Killers
5 - Prodigal Son
8 - Purgatory
6 - Twilight Zone
5 - Drifter

The Number Of The Beast - 7.56

6 - Invaders
7 - Children Of The Damned
8 - The Prisoner
7 - 22 Acacia Avenue
9 - The Number Of The Beast
10 - Run To The Hills
6 - Gangland
5 - Total Eclipse
10 - Hallowed Be Thy Name

Piece Of Mind - 7.44

8 - Where Eagles Dare
9 - Revelations
9 - Flight Of Icarus
7 - Die With Your Boots On
8 - The Trooper
7 - Still Life
6 - Quest For Fire
6 - Sun And Steel
7 - To Tame A Land

Powerslave - 6.75

8 - Aces High
7 - 2 Minutes To Midnight
3 - Loss Fer Words
7 - Flash Of The Blade
5 - The Duellists
6 - Back In The Village
9 - Powerslave
9 - Rime Of The Ancient Mariner

Somewhere In Time

8 - Caught Somewhere In Time
9 - Wasted Years
8 - Sea Of Madness
8 - Heaven Can Wait
8 - The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner
7 - Stranger In A Strange Land
 

MrKnickerbocker

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10/10

Stranger in a Strange Land slows things down a bit. A steady gallop paves the way for a crushing Adrian Smith riff and dramatic verses with Bruce on his A-game. The pre-chorus drops into a near-disco stomp that fits beautifully, winding up for a heavy hitter of a chorus. The thing I admire about Adrian’s songwriting is that he doesn’t always do what is expected of a song: he adds a unique pre-chorus, doubles a verse or uses a bridge to elongate the buildup before giving the listener the relief of hearing the chorus again. Apparently, Adrian wrote this song about a real arctic expedition in which a man was discovered frozen in the ice and his solo captures that coldness, that melancholy with each note. It’s a beautiful piece of work and one of my favorite Adrian solos. Steve complements the lead nicely with some punchy bass chording.
 

Mosh

And I should contemplate this change
Staff member
This song is immense. The 3rd and final Adrian penned song on the album and he really saved the best for last. There is atmosphere all over this track, with the synths, the ominous riffs, and Bruce giving easily his best performance on the album. This song shows that while Bruce might be experiencing some technical limitations, his sense of drama and Peter Hamill inspired theatrics hasn't left him.

The obvious highlight of this song is Adrian's solo. Not only is the solo itself dripping with emotion, but the way the rhythm section builds up underneath it really takes it to the next level. I can't really think of any other moments in the Maiden catalog like this one. Also worth noting is that this song has a fade out, very rare for Maiden. I think this is one of those times where it works as an artistic choice though.

Incorrectly predicting the future of Maiden should make this song lose a point, but I'm giving it a 10 anyway.
 

BeThyJames

Trooper
Another song on SiT which just falls short of greatness. Such a frustrating album for me.

I guess this is a personal thing but the synths are too high in the mix IMO. Also the chorus is a little bit tame for my liking and there's slightly dull guitarwork behind it.

With all that said, the 'brave new world' bridge is absolutely sublime. And then there's that solo from Adrian. Quite possibly my favourite ever.

8
 

matic22

Ancient Mariner
Great track, great solo. Something different for Maiden (rythm wise). Love the use of synths on this one, they create an amazing athmosphere.

9/10
 

Number 6

Ancient Mariner
Steve's bassline and Nicko's drumming make this song for me. Wouldn't be half as good if those two parts were made different. One of the best contributions from H, great lyrics and music, synths and dynamics are heavily used to create the necessary atmosphere, and it works. It could have benefited from a proper ending instead of a fade-out, though. Fabulous song, nonetheless. 9.
 

GiovaOfficial

Powerslave
Once again, another amazing one on an album that keeps on giving. The intro and solo are out of this world. “Only” a 9 because, just like CSIT, it feels kinda repetitive after a while
 
Awesome song, great mood, nice lyrics and fantastic solo. Sometimes it tends to drag just a little bit which prevents in from being a 10.
 
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