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 Iron Maiden - Somewhere In Time (Overrated?)

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I posted this elsewhere...but thought I'd drum up some chat.

Somewhere In Time - overrated?

The songs are well written and catchy.
The fellas are on-point with their skill sets.

But...there's always been something nagging me these decades. The sound...You know how you instantly know a soap opera is on the TV by the sound? Or pre-2000s if you stumbled on the CCM channel?

That's what I get with Somewhere In Time: I think it's the #*! synths. They were chasing a trend and not only did they saturate the music with synths, the production just makes it all sound so antiseptic.
It's a well done album...too well done.
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I played it to death when it was current (if memory serves it was the first Maiden album I bought as a new release), but I couldn't tell you the last time I listened to it.

"Wasted Years" and "Stranger in a Strange Land" are still strong tracks.

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Love Somewhere In Time and still listen to it frequently. All the songs are really great with Wasted Years and Heaven Can Wait being my favorites, plus I caught them on tour for this album with Yngwie Malmsteen opening. Great show!
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I love Somewhere in Time! The synths don’t bother me at all… because they are used as background sound and atmospheric textures. Not as a lead instrument like Dream Theater. I can’t stand lead keyboards (except for Ray Manzarek and The Doors) and Josh Silver of Type O Negative.
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Fat Freddy wrote:
I played it to death when it was current (if memory serves it was the first Maiden album I bought as a new release), but I couldn't tell you the last time I listened to it.

"Wasted Years" and "Stranger in a Strange Land" are still strong tracks.

Those are the best songs! Adrian Smith wrote them.
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I don't think it's overrated at all. There's some great Maiden tracks on there. I think most people dislike it because of the synths that was used. Despite that it still sounded like Maiden and not the commercial departure like Priest did with Turbo.
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Gave it a listen this afternoon ... still holds up pretty well, except for "Alexander the Great" and "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner," though honestly I was never crazy about either of those songs anyway, even when it was new.

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(IMHDO) It is just a departure. The snyth use wasn't wonky and for what it's worth, fit the album title and the artwork. Then they stepped away from it.

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