The Nomad

How good is The Nomad on a scale of 1-10?


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Nick2632

Nomad
This is my 2nd favorite song on Brave New World after The Thin Line Between Love And Hate, these 2 songs completely make the entire album IMHO, though I absolutely despise Out Of The Silent Planet between the 2 songs. Of course my 2 favorite songs of the album weren't performed live, at least in Rock In Rio. This song is rather unique, very strange atmosphere fitting the song.
9/10.. It's a great song.
 

MrKnickerbocker

clap hands
10/10

A musical masterpiece, despite some average lyrics. The Eastern melodies are fantastic and the progressive shifts in rhythm are inspired. Bruce belts out pseudo-mystical lyrics about a mysterious nomad wandering the desert who may be a spirit, or a killer, or a god reincarnate, or…something. There’s a truly bizarre line about “genius” that makes no sense. The guitar solo section is brilliant, however, with each player getting a chance to shine in sequence. Murray’s final solo is perfect, I honestly don’t think any musical section has ever been more perfect for his playing style. The tone of the song and the (Phrygian? Mixolydian?) scales Davey plays are perfectly complimentary. Musically, The Nomad is a triumph, it has a unique power and beauty all its own. Lyrically, it’s more reminiscent of something from the Piece of Mind era (To Tame a Land obviously comes to mind). I wish the song had ended with a moody instrumental. The final verse and chorus feel tacked on and unnecessary.
 

Diesel 11

As you scream into the web of silence...
Yeah, it's time for me to attack that holy rock which MaidenFans everywhere know of as Brave New World. Let's start this evening's siege with The Nomad, which people everywhere consider to be one of the album's best. Eh. It's not as bad as I thought the first time I heard it, but despite re-listens I'm still not 100% impressed. A song about a nomad is potentially interesting. Here, however, I find myself going, "It's a song about a fucking nomad..." The choruses aren't that great, though I do like the music this song has, so that brings it higher up in my ratings. Still, Becket rip-off or not, I'm only giving it a 7/10.

Bite me.

:ninja:
 

Number 6

Ancient Mariner
And here is my second and final 10 for this album. "The Nomad" is by far the strongest effort on this album and possibly the best one. I don't get the "simplistic lyrics" I've seen many talk about (here and elsewhere). Actually, I find them to be very haunting and fitting to the music (which is really, really brilliant). My favorite part is the transition from Janick's solo to Dave's. Sends chills down my spine every time! Well, the whole song does, actually. Such a shame it was never played live. :(
 

GiovaOfficial

Powerslave
I don’t think the recent controversy can take much away from the song itself. Sure, the instrumental section is extremely similar to Beckett’s, but I’m not even sure it could be considered as plagiarism (or messing up) if it wasn’t for Hallowed, which is pretty undeniable. Anyway, if we judge the song itself, it’s a great piece of music, which to me deserves an 8/10
 

Jer

My sins are many
A pretty good pulsing riff gets some eastern lead accompaniment. A brief detour into dreamy vocal noodling comes back to a simple guitar lead before rolling into a pretty lame plodding verse and pre-chorus with bad phrasing and rote backing music.

The chorus is bright and appealing, and leads into a nice extended solo section broken up by the dreamy vocal noodling again. Back into the lame pre-chorus for a bit, and then we get more respite in the chorus.

A classy extended soft interlude follows with some horn accompaniment. This builds over time into something slightly heavier, but more plodding.

Just when a nice groove has been established, we kick back into that icky pre-chorus before returning to the much better chorus and finishing off with an intro reprise.

There's a lot of good material in this song, but the verse and pre-chorus are so lame that I usually skip it when it comes on. A very mixed bag, but I'll give it a 6/10.
 

Gk1

Ancient Mariner
Jer I quite enjoy your song descriptions.I agree with your points. I however have to add that the stolen instrumental part and also the whole song suffer from the repetitive, uninspired and just awful drums. This song was a leftover from VXI and it shows for all the wrong reasons.
 
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KidInTheDark666

What's yours is mine and what's mine is mine too
Another super underrated song. Bruce is on fire(just like on every song of the album). The rip-off mid section is great as well. 9
 

Diesel 11

As you scream into the web of silence...
A very vivid opening conjures up picture of the eastern lands before some suspect but perfectly executed lyrics take the stage. Bruce's performance on the song's chorus is epic. The instrumental section may have been ripped off from Beckett, but Maiden do it better than they did and it works quite well. As a whole, this is one of my least favorite songs on the album, but that's not saying much. 8
 

Kalata

Out of the Silent Planet
Awesome melodies through the whole song. Great drumming, the verses are good and the chorus is amazing. All solos are so good and fits the atmosphere of the song perfect. The highlight of the song is the middle part. 10/10
 

Murder of Rue Morgue

Educated Fool
Some good ideas in the first section, but it is unnecessarily too long and the song sounds messy to me, sometimes it seems that they couldn’t come up with a transition between sections so they went straight through it: verse -> chorus 1 -> verse -> chorus 1 -> verse -> chorus 2 -> solo -> "AAAAH!" -> solos -> verse -> chorus 2 -> unnecessary plagiarism.
It's too fast and confusing. Also the transition between Janick's solo and Dave's solo is awful.
It sounds hasty, like a jam session, which is even worst if you think that they originally wrote the song for Virtual XI before discarding it. That means they had 2 years during which they could have worked a bit on the music, but apparently they didn't.

It’d have been a not-so-solid 6/10 (more like 5.5, TBH), but I’ll lower it to 4/10 because of the best section being a clear and shameful plagiarism. Something I wouldn’t expect from a Dave’s song (although I think that Steve wrote that section). Worst track out of the record.
 
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