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Tears Of A Clown

Discussion in 'The Book of Souls' started by SinisterMinisterX, Aug 22, 2015.


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  1. "Who motivates the motivator?"
    Two slow ballads on this album. I feel the album could only handle one, and to put them both together just makes the second CD drag somewhat.
    With TFF I struggled a bit with the pace and feel of Coming Home but it eventually grew on me. Perhaps TofC will do so also.
  2. Garf

    Garf Galloping Hard on the Plains

    Apologies if this idea about the ToaC solo has been floated before:

    Adrian plays a loud but uplifting solo, like the performer on the stage who is on a roll with the audience firmly behind him.

    Dave plays a more melancholic and moping sounding solo that directly contrasts with what H just played. The lights are down, the audience has gone.

    Take this song in context. When the clown has no audience, there's no guarantee he's always laughing. If that was the idea behind the contrast then I am impressed.
  3. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    This song totally floored me. Easily my favorite of the short rockers on the album. There's a lot of cool rhythmic stuff happening, especially on the pre verse riff. Really poignant lyrics too and the music does a great job illustrating it. I get an Accident of Birth vibe from the whole song, which is funny considering Bruce wasn't involved in the writing. You can really tell when Bruce particularly likes a set of lyrics he didn't write though, because he really ups his delivery on them. This song is a good example, as is The Book of Souls. Not to say he doesn't put any effort into everything else, but songs like these really have that extra special tough.

    I definitely hear this and it's a really nice touch. Both solos are excellent and complement each other really well. A classic tradeoff between Dave and Adrian.

  4. Travis The Dragon

    Travis The Dragon The dreamers may die, but the dreams live on.

  5. mckindog

    mckindog Living for Sanctuary from the law Staff Member

    Maiden has dabbled in hard rock with mixed results in the past (see Flight of Icarus, Wasting Love, Out of the Shadows for example). This is easily the best hard rock song they've ever done.

    It's used judiciously, but the key to this song is its signature riff. The way it changes the tempo and pulls you in a different direction without ever losing the groove demands your attention and emphasizes the enormity of the subject matter.
    But it's not like the basic song couldn't stand on its own. Some of Steve's best lyrics wrapped in a subtle, memorable melody and the chord changes are perfect for the words. And Bruce's heartfelt, nuanced performance makes it real.

    Even the details are all there. Steve and Nicko aren't in their usual element here, yet they lay down such a great, easy groove. And those solos! Talk about making it cry and sing.

    Mature, interesting hard rock isn't easy, particularly when you turn up the volume. But I feel this. It touches me in real places. Bonus points for reaching in a different direction. Even more for delivering such a triumph.
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  6. Deus_Adrian

    Deus_Adrian Prince of the Final Frontier

    Its decent. Nothing more. I never listen to disc 2 aside from Empire.
  7. harrisdevot

    harrisdevot Ancient Mariner

    One of my favorites from the last album, after The Red and the Black and the title track. The lyrics are really moving, the solos are great, and I just love chords changes. As far as short songs go, this one is really superior to Death or Glory.
  8. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    Superb track. Makes me very happy to be a Maiden fan. And one I can easily show to others. 9/10.
  9. Poto

    Poto Ancient Mariner

    One of my favourites on the album. Heavy, powerful and emotional. Maiden doing something a bit different for them. I'd love to see them do more songs like this. 9/10.
  10. BeThyJames

    BeThyJames Trooper

    People complained on Montsegur about the tempo not matching the theme. I kind of feel the same about this. It's a really sad and personal subject here but the song has a jaunty pre chorus which feels odd to me. The lyrics also seem a bit..trite in places 'and now of course we'll never know', 'who motivates the motivator' etc. I'd have preferred something more metaphorical.

    It is really catchy though and melody wise it's one of the best on the album. I would be happy to see the band attempt more stuff like this.

  11. Eddieson

    Eddieson Nomad

    This song is so much more focused then the track before for example, and a focus arrangement is so important. The song is more then the sum of its parts, and while nothing really stand out, its a very solid track overall. I enjoy hearing Bruce singing in his mid register, and while his high register is very impressive and epic, he have more character in this register. The first solo is worth mentioning, very very good.

  12. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 Gott Mit Uns

    Robin Williams was one of the funniest men in history and one of the greatest comedians of all time. And Maiden just had to go and make the perfect tribute to him, didn't they?

    Well, they succeeded. 9/10
  13. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands


    Tears of a Clown is an oddball. It’s entirely mid-tempo, Bruce sings in his mid-range the entire song, and it’s about the suicide of Robin Williams. It sounds more like something meant for a Bruce solo album, but nevertheless makes for a great Maiden track. The turnaround of the main riff lead by Harris and McBrain is a shining example of how tight the rhythm section can be. Adrian’s wah-soaked guitar solo shines through brilliantly, right before Murray cuts him off with impeccable tone and a bit of sweep-picking! Tears of a Clown might have the two most memorable solos on the whole album.
  14. Dentura

    Dentura Invader

    The lyrics are a heartfelt tribute to Robin Williams but I think the live version sounds better musically. The studio version's pacing sounds a bit clunky in my opinion. 7/10
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2017

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