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5.0 out of 5 stars I know it's not great, but it's the one I'm most fond of, 14 Sep 2006
This review is from: No Prayer For The Dying (Audio CD)
This album isn't much liked by Maiden fans. I suppose the only reason I like it so much is because it's the first album of theirs I heard.

A lot of people consider Hooks In You, Run Silent Run Deep, The Assassin etc to be filler. I don't. I genuinely consider them to be as important as the singles; Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter, Holy Smoke and Tailgunner. These songs have been forgotten. Obscure album tracks on an obscure album.

In my opinion the only bad track is Mother Russia. They always end their albums with a long epic track. This one is short and too vague to make any impact. If anything, it feels like the first half of a song. It just sort of fades out before the second half plays. Although having said that, the church like moaning on it sounds good.

It's been said that it sounds underproduced. Maybe I don't have an ear for that sort of thing, but I don't think it sounds rough and ready. And even if it does, is that such a bad thing? It can be seen as going back to their punk roots.

If nothing else it has more inspired songwriting on it than the limp Fear of the Dark and the tepid Somewhere In Time albums.
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Initial post: 5 Jul 2010 15:14:09 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Jul 2010 15:44:02 BDT
BS on parade says:
Iron Maiden It's alright. I was never a big fan of Paul Di'Anno and I've got no great love for any of these songs. 3 out of 5 stars.

Killers Nothing to shout about. It's basically a retread of the first album but with weaker songs. 2 stars.

The Number of the Beast Three classic songs (The Number of the Beast, Run to the Hills and Hallowed Be Thy Name), the rest is filler. Pretty poor album to be honest. 2 stars.

Piece of Mind Probably their most consistent album, and therefore probably their best. 5 stars.

Powerslave Starts with good singles. The middle is full of filler. Ends with two epics that are good (although Mariner is a bit of an overlong plodding mess). Okay overall. 4 stars.

Somewhere in Time Only has one good song on it (Wasted Years). Alexander is truly terrible, and might be their very worst song. Very poor album. 2 stars.

Seventh Son of a Seventh Son It's usually considered to be their masterpiece although it's oddly overlooked and obscure for some reason? I never cared that much for it personally, but I can't say anything bad about it. My problem with it might be that I know four of its eight songs from a Best Of and so struggle to take it as an album. 4 stars.

No Prayer for the Dying My own personal favourite but most people consider it to the worst album they released. 5 stars.

Fear of the Dark Bloated with lots of filler. Only the title track is of any note. 2 stars.

The X Factor Rubbish and overlong. Doesn't have a single good song on it. Their worst album. 1 star.

Virtual XI Of some merit, but not a lot. 2 stars.

Brave New World Not bad but rather drab. 2 stars.

Dance of Death I quite like this one but I can't say it's anything great. It has an odd ponderous quality to it that makes it feel like hard work to get through it. 3 stars.

A Matter of Life and Death A lot of people who don't normally like Maiden seem to like this (for example Q magazine gave it a good review and were surprised at how modern they sounded). I think it's amazingly boring. I hate it and consider it to be the second worst album they have released. 1 star.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2013 12:12:53 GMT
J. Severidt says:
Why don't you write your own reviews? Posting this as a comment on somebody else's review of one particular album makes no sense at all. I always appreciate a critical comment, and agree that there isn't even one album which is all great from start to finnish. But if you don't care for the band at all, why not simply not listen to them?
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