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Brave or Stupid?,
This review is from: Brave New World (Audio CD)
As with every Iron Maiden album of late, this one has been given much hype, much comparisons and as usual you'll never know what it's like until you hear it. This is something I suggest you do- buy this album, it is worth it. However as with any band of this ability and as sizeable following as Maiden there are certain expectations which many fans expect to be met. We all know what Maiden can do, and it struck me on many occasions throughout listening to this album that they just weren't doing it. That is to say there are moments on this album which make me wonder whether they are making full use of their talents. There are now six amazingly talented musicians in Iron Maiden, and I found myself listening and wondering where those amazing triple guitar harmonies that I expected were and where those 'punch the air' anthems were. I found the majority of songs to be overly embellished with slow moving introductions, or slow moving and rather uninteresting mid sections. The only songs on this album that reached out and grabbed me were 'The Wicker Man' and 'The Fallen Angel'. The last few albums have been dissapointing in this way, too much music, too many soft instrumental parts. Nothing has been to the point or breathtaking in the way that Iron Maiden once seemed to pour out effortlessly . There have been great moments, 'Sign of The Cross' was amazing, but otherwise Maiden without Bruce drowned in mediocrity.
This release leaves me with the feeling that this album could have been so much more. These musicians are still capable of creating a masterpiece, Im sure of it. They seem to be caught in a trap here though, between moving forward and creating contemporary rock music, and creating something which is genuinley entertaining. What Maiden must do now is find that powerful element that they surley still posess somewhere within them and harness it. Finally, the production on this release is once again poor, ok granted it's better than the last two but a band of Maidens standing should sound supersonic, not weak like this. I want to hear Maiden come out all guns blazing again, I want to hear amazing guitar work again, a new and modernized sound, but without losing any of their identity. I believe they can do it, and I would love to see it happen. They show signs of their former selves here, the two tracks I mentioned earlier are excellent, now we need more of the urgency, less of the tired sounding stuff. The intsrumental parts don't sound majestic as Im sure they are intended, they just bore me, its very heavy listening. Maybe next time huh? This IS an improvment, and it's songs are all great when held up to the likes of the dismal 'Angel and The Gambler'. I hope the next release punches me as all those 80's releases still somehow manage to do...