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The Man Who Would Be King

Discussion in 'The Final Frontier' started by Ranko, Jun 26, 2010.

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How good is The Man Who Would Be King on a scale of 1-10?

  1. 10

    6.3%
  2. 9

    18.8%
  3. 8

    21.9%
  4. 7

    28.1%
  5. 6

    15.6%
  6. 5

    6.3%
  7. 4

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. 3

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. 2

    3.1%
  10. 1

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. The Mid-Distance Runner

    The Mid-Distance Runner Climb like a lemur!!

    Didn't Kevin Shirley say it was recorded backwards? That's interesting itself.
     
  2. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    Yes. Most likely a tribute to Jimi Hendrix.
     
  3. Yax

    Yax Ancient Mariner

    Uh oh. Satanic guitar playing!! :innocent: If you play it back, backwards, you'll probably find that the licks are references to satanic worship.
    :uhm:
     
  4. wizard

    wizard Invader

    9/10.
     
  5. Dr. Eddies Wingman

    Dr. Eddies Wingman Brighter than thousand_suns

    Don't meddle with things you don't understand :ninja:

    This song has many good things to it. The transition from intro to verse is great, and the solo in the middle is different in a good way. The whole song feels like a breath of fresh air. The lyrics don't really grab me, but the music does. Another 9.
     
  6. Revelations85

    Revelations85 Trooper

    7/10. I thought that this song had some very interesting ideas, however I thought that they could have been fleshed out more.
     
  7. TheSeventhSonRoberto

    TheSeventhSonRoberto Rockin in Rio

    It's a shame this song wasn't played during their final frontier tour
     
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  8. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    5.

    This song is the exact opposite of "Starblind" from a composition standpoint. Whereas the former is incredibly focused and specific, TMWWBK sounds like four songs that have been jammed together (Dream Theater comes to mind).

    The quiet intro and outro is the catchiest part of the song, whereas the verses and choruses tread no new ground, and the lyrics are simplistic and annoyingly nebulous. Murray's solo break is spectacular, but as with the rest of the riffs, it comes completely out of nowhere. I've got nothing against prog, but the odd shifts in meter and key in this song just don't make sense.

    The parts are much greater than the sum, in this case.
     
  9. chaosapiant

    chaosapiant Trooper

    I love the intro, the instrumental sections, the ending, and the overall vibe of this song. However, Bruce seems a bit....bored on this song. There is almost no passion in his vocals, which brings the song down for me a bit. Still a 7/10 for me though.
     
  10. Hermod

    Hermod Invader

    Couldn't agree more, it's one of my favourites off the album (along with Talisman) it took a while to grow on me but as with a lot of Maiden stuff, I think the more you put in the more you get out of it.
     
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  11. Eddieson

    Eddieson Nomad

    Agree with this, several of the part are really good, but the end product is not perfect.
    The intro and the build up is good, and so are the verse and pre chorus, but the don't really fit together. The break is really cool to, but comes is suddenly with no real reason. The best part of the song is definitely the outro, its so beautiful and I wish it could have been longer, or could have been used in another way.

    7/10
     
  12. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    I wonder if Maiden never shifted before in both meter and key. Hard to imagine that they didn't?
     
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2015
  13. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    They don't do it often. I feel like there are other times that they do it (especially meter), but for some reason it feels jarring in TMWWBK.
     
  14. Gk1

    Gk1 Ancient Mariner

    How to ruin a great song:

    1) Play the brilliant intro theme one too many times. Remove the harmony guitar.

    2) Compose a great harmony part and then play it 40 times while the drums play something different each time.

    3) Get one of the best vocalists and make him sing some 10 year old child's lyrics,while he is a obviously bored.

    4) Use the same SSOASS rhythm in the prechoruses.

    5) Use a perfect inverted solo in the same song, where it doesn't fit at all.

    6) Create a 8 minutes worth structure using 4 minutes worth ideas


    However I do feel that the solo and the ending part are amongst Maiden's best ever.
     
  15. ironbaz

    ironbaz Nomad

    7/10. This could have been a hit, too bad that they decided to complicated and the result is an architectural mess, plus the vocals are really too much and too stressed in the variations.
     
  16. Liveone

    Liveone Nomad

    Decent enough song. Not keen on the verses and middle 8..,7/10
     
  17. Kaos

    Kaos Invader

    This song is great in part, but too soft and tedious in some parts. I dislike the intro and Bruce singing has a strange rythm, too much words I think. But it's pretty dramatic, and got some slick parts, with signature Iron Maiden guitarwork, so it is not an uninteresting song. 7/10
     
  18. Kashmir75

    Kashmir75 Prowler

    Love the proggy instrumental part. A solid 9/10
     
  19. Caveman Ninja

    Caveman Ninja The Titanic doesn't fit inside

    I love everything about this song. It has grown to be my favourite on the album after Wild Wind.
     
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  20. 7thRunner

    7thRunner Prowler

    I, too, love everything about this song. It actually is my favourite on the album (followed by Isle of Avalon) and one of my favourite Maiden songs ever.
     
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