Chasing Ponce De Leon's Phantoms
No prayer for the dying, Its really Unmemorable
NotB is overrated, I wouldn't call it a bad album but it doesn't even reach my top 5. And No Prayer is a fantastic record.I agree with Kill Devil Hill. Surely anyone who doesn't like No Prayer needs their speakers tested. I voted for The Number of the Beast. Not because I don't like it (I really do), its just my least favourite.
I think what makes The Number of the Beast so great, honestly, is the production. The production is hands down the best production of any album ever for me. The sound has the right amount of polish and dirt. No Maiden production has come close.
But song-wise, it's really not that great. Still, due to the fantastic production, it's among my favorites (though still below No Prayer).
A difficult choice between Fear of the Dark and No Prayer for the Dying, but I'll go with FotD. Some songs are pretty awesome, like the title track and Afraid to Shoot Strangers, but then again, this album has more fillers than any other album. The Apparition, Fear is the Key, Weekend Warrior etc..
This pretty much summarises my opinion.I would say Virtual XI: the production, the lyrics, the music itself, the football' pictures. I have the feeling of a tired, out-of-ideas Maiden, something that doesn't happen in NPFD-XF era. For me it was a major letdown after XF. Actually it was my first Maiden studio album i bought during the first week of the official release.
Only the clansman escapes this. The Educated fool, futureal, and the short-version of the TAATG are decent, but nothing special at all.