Discussion in 'Virtual XI' started by Anonymous, Apr 11, 2004.
One of my favourite songs of the Blaze era. Powerful stuff. 9/10
This is an odd one. It's not bad but just seems bland. Like they're going through the motions with this one. I can sense more power in this song than what is actually presented. It's definitely a case of an OK song being dragged down by a bad performance. Everyone sounds bored. The drums might as well be done by a computer, Blaze gives a soulless performance, it just doesn't seem to go anywhere.
The chorus is also one of my least favorites in the Maiden catalog.
The album starts to become a chore here I think. This song has some nice heavy riffs in place but it all feels so laboured. And the chorus is a dirge despite the odd vocal harmonies. There's a decent instrumental and Jan pulls out a very good solo. But then...back to the chorus. Ugh
I don't want to penalize this track. There's a ton to love. And when I was younger I liked it more. But it is missing a spark, a certain je ne sais quois, and it has been almost a decade since I sought it out on my own to consider. 6/10.
Hands down Steve's most absurdly terrible lyric contribution. What a garbage pile of garbage. I'd give it 1/10, but the solos and instrumental bridge are solid.
Is it the phrasing?
It's absolutely the phrasing, but also the word choice. He's trying to deliver a poignant message, which simply isn't possible with 15 "really's" or "just's" per song.
The Educated Fool is another song with decent musical passages but terrible lyrics. Harris throws in a ludicrous amount of useless words just to fit his melody, the number of “just’s” and “really’s” in the lyrics are staggering. Here’s some of my favorite lines:
“Could this just be that life’s just begun?"
“Seems that somebody’s just opened the door to the book of life…or is it death?”
“I want to feel what life’s like respond, I want to meet my father beyond.”
That last one literally makes no sense, it’s just a forced rhyme. The solos are good and its interesting to hear a chorus with tons of layered vocal harmonies, but overall the song is a dud.
This is a fairly strong song from Virtual XI, and I'd give it a 7 were it not for one small, minor, itty-bitty thing.
"Time WEEELL flow
And I WEEELL follow
Time WEEELL go
But I WEEELL follow."
This is the closest so far that I've to saying something is downright awful. As it is, that goddamn chorus sounds just laughably bad. The way 'will' is pronounced sounds like they got a fool himself to sing it, educated or not, and it brings the song down to a 6/10, possibly a 5. Wow. Just wow.
Given some time, I've decided that The Educated Fool is the single 'worst' Maiden song, period. It's not terrible, but it's nothing special. The chorus is horrid. Revised vote to 4/10.
This is just brilliant. By far the most fabulous lyrics on the album, and the second-best track overall (after "The Clansman"). Davey and Jan really stand out here, more so than in the rest of the album. Blaze also sounds excellent, especially in the chorus, which I just love. A strong 9.
Verses and instrumental part are pretty nice, but the chorus isn’t. I feel a 6/10 once again
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