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Review: Bruce Dickinson - Accident Of Birth
Bruce Dickinson
Accident Of Birth

Label: CMC International
Year released: 1997
Duration: 57:52
Tracks: 13
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 5/5

Review online: March 2, 2010
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
Readers Rating
Accident Of Birth

Rated 4.35/5 (87.08%) (48 Votes)

This album was released in the middle of Dickinson's solo career in 1997. Up until that time he had been trying to do rock albums and the result was uneven. That doesn't mean they weren't good but the interesting ideas that he had were hampered by songwriting indecisions. Therefore, Accident of Birth is his first all-around metal solo album and it is a fucking great one.

There are so many improvements here that I don't know where to start so I'll begin with the most glaring one: songwriting. Sometimes when a solo artist releases an album the music takes a backseat, but not here. On this album, every instrument is given its proper space to shine (especially the guitars). The song variety here is outstanding as well; I don't feel like I am listening to the same song 10 times in a row. From the opening riff of "Freak" to the last moments of "Arc of Space" you will remember something from them, and being more than a decade old this thing has staying power (the lack of filler also helps a lot).

Accident of Birth also marked the first album in which longtime Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith participated on. Combined with guitarist extraordinaire Roy Z., they formed a guitar tandem that has rarely been equaled, pulling out great riffs and solos like it was the easiest thing in the world. Also, the guitar tone here is fantastic and is definitely a highlight. The rhythm session is great as well, the bass isn't as loud as in Maiden (that is a good thing) and the drumming takes the spotlight at times. Dickinson's voice here is better than anything he did before or after. He sings long notes in practically every song, making them exponentially better. If you had any doubts about his singing capabilities, his performance here will crush them.

I cannot say enough good things about this record. With this album, Dickinson marked a returned to the metal throne where he rightfully belongs. I might get some shit for this but I think that this is the best record that Bruce Dickinson has been on since Powerslave. After listening to it a bunch of times now I know that I've heard a full and complete album, not just a collection of songs and that is the best thing I can say about it. Essential.

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