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A lot of Iron Maiden fans rag on about this album as being one of their worst albums. This is something that I have strongly felt was untrue for multiple reasons.

First off I have always enjoyed the more down to earth raw sound that the band have opted for. Had they stuck with the same sound they used for Seventh Son of The Seventh Son, I feel they would of came across as quite dated and ended up in a situation where people would of labelled them as "just another '80s" band.

There is also a matter of the songs presented here. Tailgunner and Holy Smoke are really good songs. They are up there with some of the band's better numbers and really are quite underappreciated. But other songs like Fates Warning, The Assassin and Hooks In You are also pretty fun songs. They are by no means ground breaking, but they are also far from bad songs. The hit single Bring Your Daughter... To The Slaughter is a fun catchy song that for some reason is now considered to be pretty poor. It is interesting to see how trends change over the years.

No Prayer For The Dying is far from a bad album and it is one I have always enjoyed. Much like Fear of the Dark and X-Factor, it has quite a bad rep for absolutely no reason. If you enjoy a good bit of hard rock and heavy metal, this is and always will be a good purchase.
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on 25 May 2017
Great to have these vinyl reissues for the collection, shame about the clanger of a misprint in the lyrics to 'Holy Smoke' on the inner sleeve, verses missing, some added in from the next song. Anyone else have this problem? Minor quibble.
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on 20 July 2017
Bought to replace original album which got lost before seeing them in concert again. Great album from a great band.
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on 1 April 2017
A great album
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on 17 April 2017
Not a bad album, but falling away from their earlier brilliant albums. Still worth buying.
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on 12 August 2017
A little different from other albums, but still great.
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on 22 July 2010
The biggest reason why this is such a disappointing album is evident when listening to any of Maiden's previous 7. They are all so very, very good. The writing comes across as being poured over, revised and corrected and bettered again and again. No Prayer... just sounds like the band thought that the songs will do. It feels rushed and it feels lazy. And, unfortunately, it feels of its time - the herald of grunge and britpop and the coming of the heavy metal wasteland of the 90s.

The album itself is not terrible. There are a handful of good tracks but no classics at all. 'Tailgunner' is probably the most Maiden sounding track on the album and is one of the better ones. But there is a new edge to the sound, somehow. As 'Seventh Son...' seemed very prog-influenced, 'No Prayer...' seems to be finding its voice as a striaghtforward rock album. The guitars are crisper and a bit dirtier sounding and there is no overall epic quality, like in 'Piece of Mind', 'Powerslave' or the 'fuzziness' of 'Somewhere in Time'.

'Holy Smoke' is ok but not really single material. The title track is very good but a million miles away from their best. 'Public Enema', 'Fates Warning', 'The Assassin' and 'Run Silent...' range from ok to mediocre which has never happened to a run of 4 tracks on a Maiden album - EVER! 'Hooks in You' is actually my favourite song on the album, which is strange as it is more reminiscent of their B-sides from 'Somewhere in Time', 'That Girl' and 'Juanita' and very un-Maidenesque. Still, a good song is a good song.

'Bring your Daughter...' is a bit of fun but it isn't really THAT good, which is probably why it got so high up in the charts. Ironic that Maiden had their biggest commercial result from their least creative album. And 'Mother Russia' is awful.

On the whole, by any other hard rock band this would be a worthy acheivement. From a band of Maiden's grandeur and back catalogue, this is unforgivable. But the saddest thing about it is that it is the first album to break the status quo of the perfect 7 run of albums.

Despite this, Maiden are still one the best things ever about music.
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on 20 October 2016
I had already owned this album on vinyl and wanted to get a copy on CD. The price was really good.
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on 8 June 2016
Good enough
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on 18 July 2016
Works perfect
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