After listening to TXF and VXI recently the first thing that jumped out at me was how busier the drumming was on BNW, and how filled out the body of songs felt with the 3 guitars. For example, the "wilderness house of pain" verse of BNW isn't musically too different from the verses of Educated Fool or Fortunes of War but sounds monstrous compared to them.
The opening 4 tracks and last 2 are perfect 10/10 tracks, but the album drops a bit in the middle. Mercenary and Fallen Angel are fine tracks but not at the high level of those other 6.
Dream of Mirrors has great bits, the chorus for instance but a number of silly bits that drag it down, the intro and the high speed chorus, and also there's just too much lyrics which means they take ages to "get to the working overtime part" as Homer might say.
Nomad is obviously the nadir of the album. Even without the stolen section (which is great, possible one of the best parts on the album), the song would still lose a lot of marks for the frankly ridiculous lyrics, Carry on Camel as Bruce described them at the time.
10: Wicker Man, Ghost of the Navigator, Brave New World, Blood Brothers, Out of the Silent Planet, The Thin Line Between Love and Hate
8: Mercenary, Fallen Angel
7: Dream of Mirrors