|Bruce Dickinson - Skunkworks
01. Space Race
02. Back From The Edge
05. Solar Confinement
07. I Will Not Accept The Truth
08. Inside The Machine
13. Strange Death In Paradise
Under this weird title is one of the less known album from Iron Maiden's singer solo career, and maybe this can be explained by the fact it is far from the best-known Chemical Wedding & Accident Of Birth, released just after.
It is really completely different: while the latter is heavy & loud, Skunkworks is a soft, nearly a pop-rock album. The line-up is also different (but the same as Alive In Studio A, 1995): Alex Dickson on guitars, Chris Dale on bass, and Alex Elena on drums.
Despite the weird-sounding first impression, this album is really good, its differences making it pleasant to listen to, and it's definitely far from Maiden.
All the songs are 3 to 4 minutes long (except the last one, Strange Death In Paradise, 5 minutes, and Headswitch, 2:14) so there's no real highlight in the album, all the songs are equal, and it's hard for me to pick one that's better or worse than the others.
Chorus are easy to catch, the guitar uses some cool rock effects, and the rhythm suits well the whole thing.
To conclude I'd say this is a good album but not a metal one, and to me it justifies the will of Bruce to have a solo career, because there it's really different, original & fresh compare to what he does in Iron Maiden. Note that it was meant to be released more as a Skunkworks band album than a Dickinson one.