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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2001
I have already written one review, where I gave this CD 5 stars. It was when this CD first came out, and I was very excited to say the least....Here is a more realistic view.
Now, I've got to be honest with myself.
This CD does not deserve 5 stars. It's a bit too drawn-out, and it's full of filler material. To me, Wicker Man, Dream Of Mirrors, and Nomad are the only songs worth listening to....The rest struggle in my opinion.
Not that this CD isn't worth buying, it's worth every penny, but I think they could have done a much better job writing material for this release, like where is Adrians' input???
I think one of the main ingredients that makes Maiden what it is, is that they are a great song writing band.....I think Adrian needs to get more involved for the next release.
If you have heard Dickinsons' "Accident Of Birth", or "Chemical Wedding", you hear the Adrian influences, and it makes all the difference. Those two releases were miles ahead of anything Maiden did during that time. To be completely honest, I think Steve Harris' songwriting has become way too drawn-out, I hate to say it, and I never thought I would, but his songs have become boring.
Maiden has forever been a GOD to me. I've been a fan since 81', and I was very happy to see Bruce and Adrian come back to Maiden, but something is still a miss. I think they need to get rid of Janick Gerrs, and get back to basics.
I do think this release is the strongest they've had since "Seventh Son", but I also think it could have been much better.
Let me say this about "Brave New World", it's not the best Maiden you can buy, but it's better than anything they did after "Seventh Son". I'm not complaining, but for someone who grew up watching these guys put out epic releases like "Number","Piece","Powerslave","Somewhere", and "Seventh Son", this release falls alittle short.....
It's great to have them back, and I can't wait to hear what they do next, but at least we all know one thing........Maiden's Back!!!
UP THE IRONS!!!!!!