I don't. I don't despise it but some passages seem really done on the run and derivative. It's a strange album with confuse songs alongside great ones (The Wicker Man, Blood Brothers, TTLBLAH) and some really enjoyable ones (Nomad and OOTSP). But I can surely listen to it and enjoy it since a) everything in it is 100% Maiden blueprint (TBH the only album that majorly isn't so is Fear Of The Dark) and b) unlike Virtual XI that also is 100% Maiden blueprint, at least half of it isn't a slow and boring yawn . That being said BNW is my 3rd least favorite Maiden album but I can still listen to it. The same works for Virtual XI when I'm in the right mood and even Fear Of The Dark provided that I skip at least 3 songs that I consider their worst ever.I love all their newer albums but I fail to understand how BNW could be the weakest of them.
Reading that flashed me back to reading about Bruce's take on that era when explaining his departure. He thought they were going in to do something new and fresh after getting the fun, easy album that was NPFTD out of their systems, "and what did we do? We did just another Maiden album."everything in it is 100% Maiden blueprint (TBH the only album that majorly isn't so is Fear Of The Dark)
Yup... to a certain extent It's the same here. None of their albums is a total letdown. Even my two least favorites (Fear Of The Dark and Virtual XI) feature at least 3 great songs each (Be Quick Or Be Dead, Afraid To Shoot Strangers, Fear Of The Dark, Futureal, The Clansman, The Educated Fool) and some enjoyable tunes (Childhood's End, Judas Be My Guide, Lightning Strikes Twice and Como Estais Amigos?).None. I love to listen every album from Maiden.
Every album has something special.
that was exactly my feelings. After an amazing album BNW. Dont know what happened there,luck of magic,ideas,strange choruses....worst Iron Maiden album.I can't say dislike.But Dance of Death was the most dissapointing record to me...I expected the same awesome record that Brave New World meant to me.
Fear of the dark was the same feeling as Brave new world. The expectation. What would could come after NPFTD??. Be quick or be dead was a great single f### heavy and raw. Wicker man!!.The resurrection!!. 20 years ago...wow
I always considered AMOLAD to be the most homogeneous of those three. Luckily, it's uniformly good.Final Frontier. I don't know man, it's such a drag? Very homogenous-sounding to my ears. Not nearly as enticing and diverse as Book of Souls or AMOLAD.
I know what you mean regarding the sound of Somewhere in Time. I think the songs are good, but the sound of that album is real bad.In the case of Somewhere In Time, part of it has been how different it sounds, with all the guitar synths etc.
I know what you mean regarding the sound of Somewhere in Time. I think the songs are good, but the sound of that album is real bad.
I do like the album though despite the sound problem.
I am always surprised how very few people mention this. I have the same opinion - songs are simply great, but if the guitars and overall production sounded like SSoaSS or Powerslave, that would be heaven. Not to be a poser, but the softness and smoothness bothers me in the "metal album." If that makes sense.