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on 22 July 2010
Better than 'No Prayer' but only just. The album as a whole feels tighter and all of the tracks feel like they fit with each other. Unlike their previous effort there are only a few songs that are lacking, although there is a distinct reek of despair that seems to permeate their post-Seventh Son albums.
The best tracks are 'From Here to Eternity', 'Afraid to Shoot Strangers', 'Judas Be My Guide' and the title track. Tracks 7 through 9 could have been ejected to make a better album, but they are still good when compared to some of the mediocre songs that daubed 'No Prayer...'.
The one reason why this is better (but no means even half as good as their first 7 or recent 3 - possibly 4!- albums)is because it does contain one 'classic' track. 'Fear of the Dark' is a belter of a song. It sounds and is classic Maiden remembering why they were so good. Unfortunately, the Maiden lot got far worse after Bruce left and that resulted in the odd album that followed.
If you are new to Maiden, start with 'No Prayer...' and then 'X-Factor', this and 'Virtual XI'. Once you get to the other albums, you might have been put off slightly but, by crikey, they will sound so beautiful!