10/10 The title track further develops the new sound of Iron Maiden. Having three guitarists could easily become cluttered, but that’s never the case here. Dave Murray plays a beautiful rhythmic pattern, Janick guides the vocal melody, and Adrian Smith fills in the background with reverb-drenched accent chords and arpeggios. The previous two records had a tendency to sound empty, but that lack of depth is gone forever with the return of Adrian, whose ear for guitar textures is second to none. Brave New World is possibly the best utilization of the three guitarists on the record. The interplay during the bridge is phenomenal, including a triple guitar harmony section! Not to mention, Bruce sounds mind-blowing on this track. It’s a classic Maiden heavy hitter, combining a songwriting approach that would have fit on Seventh Son with an emotional depth that began on The X Factor. Steve Harris' soul-searching and dark lyrics are still present on this album, as are the quiet intros, but the songs have a new resonance. Bruce’s conviction and Kevin Shirley’s production bring everything into the foreground.