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This review is from: The Final Frontier (Audio CD)
It really annoys me when people add an extra star simply because they're a fan. Its almost as you're 'forgiving' the band for releasing a poor album whereas they should be just judging the content alone. I've been a Maiden fan for a long time and I'm sorely disappointed by 'The Final Frontier' as I expected better from a band of their calibre. Despite the weird avant garde intro, the first track kick things off in fine style and is aptly named as it doesn't get much better after this folks. The rest of the album sound like a collection of great ideas with the odd interesting riff or vocal hookseeping through but nothing strikes as memorable which can prove frustrating for the listener. Also the songs are lengthy when they don't need to be. Maiden are renowned for their epic songs but history has shown that they can acheive this by recording songs without exceeding the five minute mark i.e. Number of the Beast, The Trooper, Wrathchild etc. Another gripe is the production or the lack of as I should say. It sounds as if the band have tried to replicate the sound of vinyl onto CD which sounds murky with only Bruce's voice standing out with much of the music becoming oblivious in the mix. I could forgive this on their last album 'A Matter Of Life And Death' as that was attributed to the number of great songs on there. I made the mistake of buying the limited edition and don't know why I bothered as the extra features are pointless (with exception to the mini-game which is pretty quirky). This is rumoured to be Maiden's last album but I hope in any case that this is not the band's final frontier.