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BRAVE NEW WORLD

Iron Maiden

 

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4.02 | 387 ratings

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G_Bone
5 stars The return of Dickinson, and what a return. I have heard every Maiden album and nothing quite compares with the level of Brave New World.

The album is uses epic tracks far more than previous albums, and also avoids songs that are long for the sake of being long (like the Angel and the Gambler), with one exception (The Nomad). Actually the album is kind of neat in that it alternates between shorter, radio friendly songs and slightly longer, somewhat more epic tracks. The "radio" tracks are all catchy, fast, and great to listen to. The epic songs show Maiden's more progressive side and most work very well.

* please note that I'm using the term "epic" fairly loosely to describe slightly longer songs that don't always follow the verse, chorus, verse, etc. patter. These may not be considered epic by hardcore prog fans.

The Wicker Man: 5/5: fast, great chorus, just a great shorter song

Ghost of the Navigator: 3.5/5 the first (somewhat) epic song, although this one isn't that long. The song is good, with good music and good chorus, but still seems to be missing something and ins' t one of the truly memorable tracks

Brave New World: 4/5: Good song, not as fast as some of the other shorter songs, but still has powerful drumline and vocals that make for a very good song

Blood Brothers: 5/5: this one could be called a power balad. It is a very well done epic with coplex drums and musicianship. Not your typical Maiden song,

The Mercenary: 4/5: another powerful, fast song. You'll want to sing along with this one. It is repetative but it actually kind of works.

Dream of Mirros: 5/5: most progressive song I have heard from Maiden. I'm not even going to try and describe this song, you have to hear it. Great piece of music.

The Fallen Angel: 3.5/5: decent enough song, fairly powerful. However, it isn't as memorable as some other track. Still a good song.

The Nomad: 2.5/5: probably the lowest point of the album. The music is loud but not interesting. The chorus isn't particulairly interesting either. There is a long instrumental section that is fairly boring. Still, somehow the song comes together and isn't horrible. But this is far from their best.

Out of the Silent Planet: 5/5: fast loud, quick drums. This is a really great "radio" song. Great beat.

The Thin Line Between Love and Hate: 4/5: this one took a couple of listens, but I really enjoy it now. Very good pre-chorus and chorus, good instrumental parts, all making for a great epic track

Overall: 5/5. Every track is good, most are great. Excellent mixture of progressive songs and radio friendly rockers. Really no other Maiden album comes together this well. The worst song in my mind was the Nomad and even that may be a good song to some. Any 80s metal or progressive metal fan should find something they like in this album. Dream of Mirrors is the standout track for me, although there are so many great ones.

G_Bone | 5/5 |

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