Monday, November 21, 2005

Madonna's Confessions on a Dance Floor...

... is the best Kylie Minogue album ever.

In 1982, one of the most legendary albums in Heavy Metal, no, music in general came out: Iron Maiden's The Number of the Beast. You, being a narrow-minded douche bag couldnt realize the outstanding quality of the music on the album. I personally think that the best album of all time (and one of my personal favourites) is Thriller by Michael Jackson, just to show you that I'm not a brutish metalhead. However, the aparent "blandness" of the album isn't aparent to most people. Adrian Smith and Dave Murray put out some of the most phenominal solos in the history of music, and Bruce Dickinson explodes onto the scene and becomes the most exciting vocalist since Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin or Alice Cooper. For you to say that the Number of the Beast is a bland album that shys away from Adrian and Dave shows that you don't have respect for music of the genre and should not be reviewing such content for a major and respected magazine such as Rolling Stone.

To conclude Mr. Considine, I think you need to look around and accept that the NWOBHM was an important and influencial time in the history of music, and that the Number of the Beast was one of the most important parts of it.

Thank you for your time
well at least racerx doesn't hold any grudges...
Yeah, seriously. Although, anon, I rather doubt Racer X has been carrying his grudge since the review he cites was published (23 years ago). Contrary to what he writes, the review -- actually a round up of several metal albums -- doesn't say Number of the Beast is bland. What it says is, "Iron Maiden's The Number of the Beast isn't as dreadfully bland as the Rainbow LP." Still, I suppose anyone who would describe guitar solos as "phenominal" is likely not a careful reader. (The curious may find the review here:

For what it's worth, I subsequently upgraded my assessment of the album in the Rolling Stone Album Guide, where The Number of the Beast gets three and a half stars.
Your article is very informative and helped me further.

Thanks, David
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