Sunday, January 03, 2010

Golden Turd Award for 1990


I always like to explain what this award is. It's not a worst album award, but more a combination of being bad and disappointing in some way. I have given one a year for each of the years of the 1980's and now am on to another decade. Now when I was thinking about the award for 1990 I first thought it would be Slayer and they put out a poor album in 1990 for certain. However the disappointment factor had me thinking that Iron Maiden was the more likely choice here. Slayer were coming off of two great albums and two good ones before that. However Iron Maiden had done seven albums in the 80's and I think five were great and the other two were very good plus they did the greatest live metal album of the 80's and maybe ever. So for them to put out an album like No prayer for the dying was stunning. "Hooks in you" and "Bring your daughter to the slaughter" are painful while several other songs come across as filler. Even the epic "Mother Russia" is corny and forced which is something that Maiden had never been not even for a minute in the 80's. Unfortunately the 90's was going to get even worse for Maiden and their fans. Although the band has certainly turned it around this decade.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

taking adrian out of the equation, they lost a lot. i saw this tour and they were good live, but jannick gers is a monkey. i wish he'd just go away.

8:14 PM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

I agree about Smith, but the songwriting was just odd on this album and it got worse for the decade. Gers is alright, but when Smith came back I don't know why they kept him. He must be a nice guy because I can't see that they need him now.

1:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think letting Dickinson write more lyrics was a big problem on this one as well.

5:27 AM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

Sean-I agree. The lyrics struggled at times on this one. I remember buying this the day it came out and scratching my head over it. I thought it would grow on me, but I actually began to like it less the more I heard it.

6:53 AM  
Blogger Magpie said...

This was a album of two halves.

I though side one was really good--not classic, but solid.

Side two was just a mess though.

7:02 PM  

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