This. Both albums aren't as bad as people make them out to be. And I don't even really care about the production - it fits them. The X Factor pros: -Sign of the Cross and Lord of the Flies are masterpieces -Man on the Edge, The Aftermath, Judgement of Heaven, and 2 AM are all great songs as well -None of the other songs are bad -The album fits together nicely Cons: -It can get a little long if you're listening to the whole thing in one take Virtual XI pros: -Futureal is an excellent opener -The Angel and the Gambler and Don't Look To The Eyes of a Stranger are not half as bad as people say. The repetition might be a little too much, but look at BNW. Everyone calls it a fucking masterpiece. -Lightning Strikes Twice is a cool little deep track -The Clansman is a masterpiece -Como Estais Amigos is a beautiful closer -Blaze is a great vocalist Cons: -When Two Worlds Collide gets old fast and is pretty bland -The Educated Fool is the worst song in Maiden's discography For me at least, the pros of these two albums outweigh the cons.