Bruce Dickinson - Balls To Picasso

7.7 | 250 votes |
Release date: 1994
Style: Hard rock


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01. Cyclops
02. Hell No
03. Gods Of War
04. 1000 Points Of Light
05. Laughing In The Hiding Bush
06. Change Of Heart
07. Shoot All The Clowns
08. Fire
09. Sacred Cowboys
10. Tears Of The Dragon

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Ah, Bruce Dickinson, perhaps the greatest voice in metal. Enough has been said of him and his works that I'll just dive into this album review. While Tattooed Millionaire was much more rock-oriented, I found Balls to Picasso a much more punk-oriented album that shows the short leap between metal and its punk roots. This album is probably my favorite of Bruce's solo albums due to its variety of musical styles, highlighting Dickinson's strong song-writing ability that was being somewhat repressed during his time with Iron Maiden.

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10.11.2012 - 16:35
Rating: 8
Vasil de Shumen
Written by Yaniv on 10.11.2012 at 13:12

... Tears of the Dragon is great but the rest is medium.

I disagree
80 % of this album isn't metal, but in fact many of these songs are HQ compositions (especially: Cyclops, Gods Of War, Hell No).
02.03.2013 - 13:23
Rating: 6
Tears Of The Dragon is brilliant, otherwise Bruce worse solo album.
11.03.2013 - 02:05
Rating: 7
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Tage Westerlund
This is weel album ok not such shit than IM last one, but from his solo this is weeker, 2 good songs ''Tears'' and well John Wyne song
But secend thought this is avangard, this is listanble album even it is so hard to do, realy but well maybe after some years I will change my mind..but still I belive this is his weekest album.
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17.11.2013 - 19:21
I went into this album thinking it would sound like Iron Maiden's early 90s era (I know, I know, I was being a little silly thinking like that), so my surprise as to how different the majority of this album sounded in comparison is probably understood. That said, some songs here are obviously considerably weaker than others, such as the bland 'Fire' (the title suggesting anything but weak) and inconsistent 'Change of heart', and others are just, well, 'weird' (or Avant-Garde, if you like), such as mind-bending opener 'Cyclops' which is instrumentally experimental given that the first half of the song seems to have a sudden change in musical direction. However, the remaining songs I thought were actually quite well written and pretty damn decent, even by Dickinson's standards. 'Gods of war' and '1000 points of light' are definitely my highlights.
23.10.2016 - 22:00
Rating: 5
Jope of Steele
One song album... I will leave you a hint: it's been mentioned here a few times
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10.11.2018 - 15:37
Rating: 9
This is the first album that i hear Bruce voice.i have no idea,back then,that he was the singer of I.M.So for me it's a special album even if it's not his best.........
10.11.2018 - 21:54
Rating: 8
Fun fact: the original cover of the album should have been this one, but it was outside the budget.
Shame that "No Way Out...To Be Continued" wasn't originally included!
Life is all the pain we endeavour.
13.11.2018 - 02:53
Rating: 7
Free as a.. Fish
Written by Polaria on 10.11.2018 at 21:54

Shame that "No Way Out...To Be Continued" wasn't originally included!

There are a lot of good songs from earlier sessions on the expanded edition. "Fire Child", in particular, is one of my favourite Dickinson songs.
12.01.2019 - 19:33
Rating: 5
Mountain King
K i K o
This was bad. Even when I revisited this album, I don't like it at all.

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