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The X Factor [Explicit Lyrics]

Iron Maiden Audio CD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars It took me a while to like this album May 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
I am a diehard Iron Maiden fan, and I was devastated by Bruce Dickinson leaving the band and being gone so long. I originally bought this album (The X Factor) and didn't realize till I started listening to it that it wasn't Bruce!! I immediately put it aside for a long time before reading a review here on Amazon.com about it and finally decided to give it another try with an open mind.
I was still disappointed and it was probably because I kept expecting it to sound like Bruce on vocals. Finally, after what seems like an eternity has passed, I can appreciate this one for what it was/is: The band wanted to make an album, Blaze Bayley was available, so they did it. It's a good album, but it's at the bottom of my Iron Maiden list. It's worth listening to if you're an Iron Maiden fan, or maybe even if you're not (maybe you won't have any personal biases for rejecting it like I did).
The songs are decent, with a few memorable ones, but Blaze's style in many places seems like he's halting or waiting for the music to catch up to him and the band is waiting for him to catch up to them. It makes for some really strange pauses in the music/vocals as if their timing is off a little. (If I can find specific examples I might add them later.) The music is actually really good and sounds like Iron Maiden should, but Blaze brings them down in a few places and it's not what I would consider a "great addition" to the Iron Maiden legacy. And a two and a half minute lead-in of chanting, sound effects, and slow single guitar notes makes for a boring entrance to the album.
So, even though Blaze is a blemish on this Iron Maiden offering, it's still worth 4 stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Give it a chance, people! Feb. 20 2004
Format:Audio CD
The X Factor (1995.) Iron Maiden's tenth studio album.
In the early nineties, Iron Maiden was faced with a huge problem. Their ever-so-great lead vocalist Bruce Dickinson had left the band to pursue his solo career. This left the once-great metal band without a vocalist. They needed to find a new vocalist, and fast - or risk disbanding. They recruited ex-Wolfsbane vocalist Blaze Bayley to record their next album. This would be their tenth album, so appropriately enough they called it The X Factor (X is the Roman Numeral for ten.) Is this album the piece of junk Maiden loyalists say it is, or is it an underrated masterpiece, like members of a small minority say? Read on for my review.
The first thing I should state about this album is that it sounds NOTHING like the Dickinson-era material that you've come to know and love the band for, nor does it sound anything like the band's early days with Paul Di'Anno. This is very "dark" metal, more of a black/death metal sound than the epic power rock-oriented material the band is best known for. Also, this album is NOT as bad as people say. Many Maiden fans couldn't accept the fact that the band was undergoing a change. IT'S CALLED TRYING SOME NEW, PEOPLE! The band starts this album with the extremely lengthy epic, Sign Of The Cross. Even people who aren't very big fans of the Blaze Bayley era praise this track, and why not? It's excellent. Another excellent track is Man On The Edge. The simplistic-yet-catchy chorus makes this an instant Maiden classic. The Aftermath is a song about soldiers and how they feel useless after the conflicts they have fought in have reached their end - a song many people can relate to. The slow-yet-heavy stylings of 2AM make it another one of the album's good tracks.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Wish it was a laugh, but it's really a cry! Feb. 8 2004
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Format:Audio CD
Just woeful! Not even a 'Maiden' tribute band could have written and recorded a more dated, predictable, rehashed and weak album such the likes of this sad and sorry turn out that is 'X Factor'. This is the album that just about smote their ruin and made me, a once adoring fan, into a bitter and jaded critique of the once mighty power that was Iron Maiden. "What were they thinking? How could they have done this? Who is this clown posing as their vocalist? What decade is this again? These are the types of question I was asking after my first listerning. Didn't the producer give them feedback such as, "Boys, this is just not working. Get back to me when you come up with a sound and song that is relevant." Not even the name and reputation of the band 'Iron Maiden' could save them from this sick and diseased turkey.....and I don't think Bruce Dickinson could have saved it either. The songs are weak and so lost.
As a consiquence, the album that followed 'Virtual IV' was a unknown and underplayed affair, thank God, and this fact probably saved the band from further disgrace.
Thanks to the return of Adrian Smith, Bruce Dickinson and some remnance of previous songwritting glory, Blaze Bailey and 'X Factor' are just a fading hint of a horrific nightmare that once was but is no longer.
Do you self a favour and avoid this album like the plague.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The album that almost put Maiden to sleep! Nov. 12 2003
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So it was 1995 when The X Factor came out, almost three years after its predecessor Fear of the Dark, which was by some criticised as a sub-standard Maiden disc. As we all know, a lot hapened within this time. The voice of Maiden, a true vocal god, Bruce Dickinson, left and was replaced by Wolfsbane singer Blaze Bayley. It became a rather controversial issue whether he was the correct choice, especially considering all the vocalists that had expressed interest in the slot.
But Steve Harris fell quite some distant off the mark with his attempt to bring Maiden a new musical approach; with a new singer, a new label, an unusual artwork, and a somewhat new sound. The biggest problem on this disc is not Blaze (though he plays a major rule in this as well), it's Steve Harris' horrible production work! The terrible mix which you wouldn't even hear on a demo tape. And the atrocious recording. With a singer trying to imitate Bruce Dickinson (because of Steve Harris) and uninspired and cliche songwriting formulas it was inevitable that "the Blaze era" would suck. Is Blaze a good singer? Yes. Do I like his stuff with Wolfsbane and his two solo albums? Yes. I actually think Silicon Messiah is a fantastic record. Check out the title song and "Identity" and they'll prove you that Blaze has a great voice that he can utilize to the best of his advantage if he is offered the chance. But what happened on The X Factor? Steve basically said that Maiden was developing their sound, going for a more concise style, aiming to catalog darker lyrical themes such as death, war, and religion. Sounds pretty good, but don't you think you ought to back up your original ideas with the music?! Where is the goddamn music?! Yeah Steve is and has always been the main composer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars (3.5)Blaze Bayley Sings So Its Not Good,WRONG!
After Bruce Dickinson left at the conclusion of his farewell Maiden tour in 1993,Iron Maiden was a band left without a singer,wich meant they had to search for a new singer for the... Read more
Published on Dec 13 2007 by Tommy Skylar
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite simply...not bad
I was, and always will be a Bruce Dickinson fan, so like many Maiden fans, I imaturely refused to even hear the X-Factor. I was living in the Golden Years. Read more
Published on June 27 2004 by Matthew Charles
4.0 out of 5 stars C'mon,give it some credit
OK, most people might believe that iron maiden is nothing without Bruce Dickinson. What I believe is this: although I'm a huge fan of Brucie, Iron Maiden is NOTHING without Steve... Read more
Published on April 26 2004 by david
4.0 out of 5 stars you are all fools (p.s. buy CD's by elegeion, they rule!)
i own six cd albums by iron maiden(and a hoody?), and have heard, lots of times, a further four and i would have to say that this is their best cd yet. Read more
Published on April 18 2004 by "ramtam"
2.0 out of 5 stars Yucky
What is this? Not even good as a stand alone effort apart from IM. Considering that this new sound calls themselves Iron Maiden, it's worse. Read more
Published on March 20 2004 by 108Dragons
1.0 out of 5 stars Dickenson is by far better
Real quick, the cd is some horrible work; nothing like the real Iron Maiden with Bruce Dickenson! Maybe this one would find a place in a gothic dentist office, yuk!
Published on Jan. 31 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Recorded, written, and Maiden hell
"Nothing is ever the way it should be
What we deserve we just don't get you see..."
-"Man on the Edge", Iron Maiden
Truer words may never... Read more
Published on Dec 24 2003 by Mike Anderson
3.0 out of 5 stars ok album if you are willing to except a lil change in maiden
Ok I will say this is an ok album for Maiden. bands sometimes change and fans can either except it or not. Blood On The World's Hands is a pretty good song. Read more
Published on Nov. 4 2003 by Mike
1.0 out of 5 stars BLAAAHHHHHRRRRGGGGG! BAAARRRFFFF! RRRAAAALLLLPPPHHHHH!!!!
I have not been able to get my head out of the toilet bowl since I heard this, and it's been eight years!! Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2003
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