I've been a Maiden fan since '83 and bought Tattooed Millionaire when it came out, but for some reason never even listened to Bruce's other solo material...until about 3 weeks ago. I also have never gotten into the XF and VXI, despite many efforts on and off for the past 15 years. Anyway, I have been listening to Balls, Accident and TCW for the past several weeks and think that the two latter Bruce albums are way better than XF and VXI. My reasons are: 1) Bruce way better on vocals than Blaze (and Bruce's own work on NPFTD and FOTD); 2) The songs seem to have more energy, while IM's are darker, more plodding (and repetitive); 3) Adrian rules! What do you think? XF and VXI or AOB and TCW?