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Tailgunner ( Harris, Dickinson )
Holy Smoke ( Harris, Dickinson )
No Prayer for the Dying ( Harris )
Public Enema Number One ( Murray, Dickinson )
Fates Warning ( Murray, Harris )
The Assassin ( Harris )
Run Silent, Run Deep ( Harris, Dickinson )
Hooks in You ( Dickinson, Smith )
Bring Your Daughter... ...To The Slaughter ( Dickinson )
Mother Russia ( Harris )
The first thing to say about No Prayer For The Dying is the departure of Adrian Smith and his replacement with Janick Gers. It was sad to see Smith go, for both his playing skill and song-writing talent. However, the show must go on, and it does.
With a few exceptions, the song-writing is a bit weaker and the lyrics are somewhat shallower than on previous albums. The sound quality is excellent (the album was digitally recorded), but many of the songs are missing that intangible quality that creates a deep and compelling mood.
In addition, Dickinson appears to be experimenting with a different singing style which is rougher and raspier than before.
Charts at number 2
Released: 30th, September 1990