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3.25 | 270 ratings

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1 stars i cant believe there are Maiden fans who like this album, i really cant. its unthinkable.

not that its a terrible album, its quite allright - its even got some good songs like The Edge of Darkness, it just doesnt sound like IRON MAIDEN.

the X factor (with, incidentally, just the 1 band-member change from the previous album) was kinda like that, totally confusing. there is a noticable lack of cohesion in the music, sounding like each member did what he wanted to do and didn't listen to the others. while Harris has always been the key writing influence in Maiden, on The X Factor, it sounds like he felt lonely without Smith and now, Dickinson. the songs, one after the other, are weak and uninspired, with the exception of the above-mentioned The Edge of Darkness. Sign of The Cross and The Unbeliever are worth listening to and are the only saving graces on an otherwise lacklustre effort.

i tried to tell myself that this album was by a different band, like back in the 70's and early 80s where members of different bands played on different records and called themselves several different names and it all became very confusing, so one just listened to the music and tried to forget who was in the band.

this time, i didn't turn the tape around (CDs were still rare and expensive for me back then) for another listen...

truly forgettable...

sv_godspeed | 1/5 |


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