marshall law wrote:
I felt the same way when I listened to it the first couple of times but it kept growing on me with each subsequent spin. I think it's a superb album. Much better than anything they've released since X-Factor. Except for two songs - El Dorado (which is just terrible, except for the awesome solo) and Isle of Avalon (which is WAY too long and plodding) the rest is excellent. Coming Home and The Alchemist are outstanding IMO.
My point entirely. I'd add Starblind and When The Wild Wind Blows to that list. Excellent tracks, probably the best epic Maiden's done since Paschendale or Dance Of Death. The album flows brilliantly, save Isle of Avalon and The Man Who Would Be King to an extent.
Mind you, the highlight of the band for me remains Steve Harris, Nicko, Adrian & Dave. I agree that Bruce sounds strained on this one moreso than the last ones.