Well, if you are expecting this to sound like Bruce’s former band, Iron Maiden, or his previous solo albums, you’re in for a big fucking surprise. Some have described this album as “Alternative,” but I really don’t think that’s accurate. Imagine the last 2 studio Maiden releases translated into a more “Rock” mode (also, sadly, without the inspirational bass-work of Steve Harris). Bruce’s new band (supposedly a permanent line-up) is super tight, and every one of these songs is richly textured, and generally very memorable. Perhaps it’s the years of banging my head to “Powerslave,” “Flight of Icarus,” and the rest, but I’ve always been a huge fan of Bruce’s voice, so nearly any time I can hear him sing, I’m all for it. Although a fine album in its own right, I would honestly rather be listening to his solo live double album, or Balls to Picasso, or virtually anything he ever did with my heroes, Iron Maiden.
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