Iron Maiden
Somewhere in Time


4.5
superb

Review

by USER (2 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 32 replies


Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist


Maiden's sixth album, this album represents a distinct change in style for the band. Whilst the previous three albums had contained a heavier, often more chord based approach to music, and the two before some very rock and roll based rhythms, Somewhere in Time contains some of Smith and Murray's best harmony work, and generally a much softer sound than the grinding power chords of "Powerslave" or the galloping riffs of "Run to the Hills" and "the Trooper". There is also a slight change in song theme. Rather than writing songs about eagles, battles and slaves (or harlots), we see Maiden taking a more personal approach with "Wasted Years". Whether they were selling out to a certain extent by softening their sound and making Maiden more accessible to those who didn't have in-depth knowledge of, say, the Crimean War or those who had not studied Greek Mythology is questionable, but who cares? It's a great album.

NOTABLE TRACKS:
1) Caught Somewhere in Time: The opening track, this is a nice, lengthy, yet energetic start to the album of which it is title. A nice little anecdote - when I first downloaded this track it came up on Media Player as 53 minutes long! Ironically, it wasn?t even the full track. Anyway, the harmony work I talked about earlier is immediately seen in the opening minute of the song. After this, it does kick into a slightly traditional gallop, but with the harmonies and Bruce-s vocals much stronger above the chords than on any of their previous albums. This song is, from beginning to end, a nice fast song, with no major tempo changes (unusual for Maiden) and a good, fast solo in the middle, of course. One of my favourite Maiden songs. 9.5/10

2) Wasted Years - The best know track on the album, Wasted Years is not a very Maiden-like song, but it still works fantastically. Adrian Smith takes the lead for this one, and, although I've always preferred Davey (looks like Winnie the Pooh, rocks... like Winnie the Pooh :D :D ), he makes a fine job of it, with the memorable e-string climb opening, and a good tap-on based solo. The lyrics and vocals are not very Maidenesque either. The first song Adrian Smith wrote for the band (by himself, anyway), Wasted Years foregoes the customary screams and foghorn-like bellowing that Bruce would usually demonstrate on tracks like "Flight of Icarus". It is a song that you wouldn't necessarily recognise as Maiden (except for Bruce's trademark voice), but still a great song. 9/10

7) Deja Vu - A Davey writing credit here!! :D :D A powerful performance here, in a similar vain to "Caught Somewhere in Time", this song certainly does not forego Bruce's bellow, and, like CSIT, has some brilliant guitar harmonies. It's a bit of a shame that it lacks a proper solo, but the harmony interlude works nicely. In my opinion, this is the best song off the album, and is one of my favourite songs of all time. The contrasts in vocals in the verses are brilliant. Whilst Bruce and Adrian stage-whisper softly the first line, eg "have you ever talked to someone and you feel you know what's coming next", the second line is a definite foghorn, "It?s deranged!!" Dave Murray's harmonising behind the pre-chorus gives Deja vu a nice emotional touch not often seen on the earlier albums. This song symbolises the whole album. It's just a shame they never play it live. 10/10

OTHER SONGS - I don't think there are any weak songs on SiT, but "Heaven can Wait" and "Sea of Madness" are less than brilliant.
Stranger in a Strange Land - 9/10
The Loneliness of The Long Distance Runner - 9.5/10
Sea of Madness - 8.5/10
Heaven Can Wait - 8/10
Alexander the Great - 10/10

Somewhere in Time is, in my opinion, the pinnacle of Maiden's career. What came before it was gold, what came after, less so. Hence I find it puzzling why the songs off this album NEVER appear on any of Maiden's setlists, whilst "Lord of the Flies", of all songs, makes it in.
All in all, 4.5/5


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epifreak2002
December 25th 2003


63 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

While I wouldn't call it their pinnacle, it was a smallish step down from what I consider their pinnacle, Powerslave. Overall, a 4/5. Some of the tracks feel almost a little to long and drug out, but it's still a wonderful album.

naboo
December 29th 2003


39 Comments


i'd say its my personal favorite but i'd definitley have different scores of the tracks, but very good review!

Ve Das
December 31st 2003


2 Comments


Dude,we´re now in a perpetual disagreement about the godliness of Alexander The Great ;)

YDload
December 31st 2003


1207 Comments


Wait, Iron Maiden did a song based on "Lord of the Flies?" I'm reading that book for school, what album is it on?

brycey
January 11th 2004


205 Comments


after reading that review, i've been persuaded to buy this album.

thanks, very good review. :thumb:

epifreak2002
January 11th 2004


63 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Stranger in a Strange Land was a single off of this? Isn't it like 6 or 7 minutes?

Spirit_In_Black
July 11th 2004


4 Comments


hang on, you said sea of madness id 'less than brilliant'
c'mon, thats gotta be my favourite track on the album!
the verses aren't too catchy but the chorus kicks *** bruce does some great vocals.

other than that though IMO the best songs on the album are caught somewhere in time and alexander the great.

also, this doesnt really matter but ive always prefered arian smith to dave murray.
lol you're right though dave does look like winnie the pooh

Angels_dont_Kill
September 6th 2004


2 Comments


EDIT: I wrote this ages ago...(before i was banned) and i would just like to say Maiden are abysmal and i take back everything good i may have said about murray's soloing ability... Smith? i can't be bothered to read this but i would hope that i never said anything good about this truly terrible excuse for a musician

YDload
September 6th 2004


1207 Comments


Oh snap! We got ourselves a conflict of interest here! Does that mean that Avenged Sevenfold is better than Iron Maiden, according to your user title and posts? Do you really think this band will outlast the kings of heavy metal?

Arucard
September 6th 2004


575 Comments


lol
maiden rock i bought this album and its dan good although not the best
and how come they never plkay wasted years live?
and YDload yellowcard are better than maiden man...


YDload
September 6th 2004


1207 Comments


[QUOTE=88_Fingers_Joe]lol
maiden rock i bought this album and its dan good although not the best
and how come they never plkay wasted years live?
and YDload yellowcard are better than maiden man...
[/QUOTE]

I can never tell when random Internet people are joking.

PoliticallyIncorrectMetalhead
September 25th 2004


44 Comments


Great Review.....BUT WHY DIDNT YOU PUT ALEXANDER THE GREAT OR LONELINESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER!!

EdwardTheGreat
November 10th 2004


57 Comments


[QUOTE=YDload]Wait, Iron Maiden did a song based on "Lord of the Flies?" I'm reading that book for school, what album is it on?[/QUOTE]

It's on the X-Factor album, the first with Blaze.

94_Hours
July 23rd 2005


73 Comments


the title track is amazing.

Aakon_Keetreh
October 7th 2005


448 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this isnt of there best cds, but it is pretty good

smart blockhead
October 15th 2005


13 Comments


It's an alright album, not as good as the ones that came before it. I personally think The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner is the best song here.

Artemician
October 16th 2005


26 Comments


I like this one quite a lot, but I like the two surrounding it (Powerslave and Seventh Son of a Seventh Son) more.

Hatshepsut
February 4th 2006


1997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wanna write a review on this.

dustyboy316
February 5th 2006


56 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'm listening to this album for the first time thanks to your review. Alexander the Great is awesome.

Mikesn
Emeritus
February 5th 2006


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.8

My second favourite Maiden album, after Powerslave. The only track I can't say I really like is Deja-Vu. Not to say that it's bad, just not my favourite.

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