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Virtual XI [Enhanced]

Iron Maiden Audio CD
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4.0 out of 5 stars Make no mistake... this is their worst album March 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
And what a statement that is. Iron Maiden's worst studio album (out of 13 releases) still gets 4 stars.
I'm saying this is their worst album because overall it has the smallest amount of good songs (not to mention only 8 of them, slightly over half the length of the X-Factor).
Note that I am NOT a Blaze Bayley hater at all. In fact I think the X-Factor was Maiden's finest moment since 'Seventh Son of a Seventh Son'
Here's a Quick Take on the Songs..
Futureal: 9/10 It's a good opener, but its NOTHING compared to the opening masterpiece that would arise on 'Brave New World'
The Angel and the Gambler: 8/10 it's a good song... but its freakin 5 minutes of the same chorus. And it's not that good a chorus!
Lightning Strikes Twice: 8/10 Musically very good, but the chorus isn't and once again it's repeated too much at the end.
The Clansman: 10/10 As everyone will tell you, this song kicks ass. And indeed, it does, kick ass.
When Two Worlds Collide: 9/10 Same sentiment as 'Lightning Strikes Twice', but the chorus is better.
The Educated Fool: 8.5/10 A decent song. The solo is really nice.
Don't Look to the Eyes of a Stranger: 8/10 Decent, but TOO LONG.
Como Estais Amigos: 9.5/10 Outstanding ballad with a great instrumental section. A real surprise.
So, as you can see the album is only 8 tracks long. Which is fine. Many great albums have only 8 tracks or fewer. But the fact is that I'd trade the 8 tracks from 'The Number of the Beast' 'Powerslave' and 'Seventh Son of a Seventh Son' over Virtual XI any day. Any Iron Maiden fan would.
So if you like Iron Maiden, you should pick this up.
If not, check out the pages on 'Powerslave' and 'The Number of the Beast' first...
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With Blaze Bayle who actually is an excellent vocalist
with a gloomy, apocalyptic, low, and melodic voice.
Maiden left behind his old formula, to explore a new world
of dark and post apocaliptic lyrics and sounds improved
in all areas including musical skills, Nikko was outstanding
in this album and in X Factor too.
I think that mature Maiden fans and any serius Headbanger can
appreciatte how great are the Blaze's Maiden era.
Unfairly low rated, but really a Masterpiece !
Do a favor for you're self and buy the Virtual XI and X Factor
Some of the greatest Maiden albums.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The worst Iron Maiden album May 17 2003
Format:Audio CD
Yep, this is it right here. Of all 12 studio Maiden albums, this is the worst one. The playing is fine, but where are the songs? This pales in comparison to even the X Factor. At least the X Factor has "Sign of the Cross." Virtual XI is just devoid of strong material. "Futureal" and "The Clansmen" are pretty good, but nothing special. And the rest of the album is not even as good as that. They simply aren't writing good riffs or good hooks anymore. Blah. At least they regained their dignity with Brave New World, their most recent album.
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2.0 out of 5 stars One of Maiden's lows May 15 2003
Format:Audio CD
After the introduction of vocalist Blaze Bayley, they recorded X Factor in 1995 and got mixed results from fans. The band continued with Virtual XI in 1998, which is now considered one of the worst albums in Maiden's career. Here's the lowdown:
Futureal - This opening track is not bad at all. A good, solid rocker. I think it opens the album well.
The Angel and the Gambler - The hit off of this album, but unfortunately, it isn't that great at all. Not really Blaze's fault, but the chorus is weak.
Lightning Strikes Twice - The best track on the album. This one's a midtempo rocker/"gloom and doom" ballad hybrid. It's pretty good and Murray's blistering solo is brilliant.
The Clansman - The big epic of the album. I have absolutely no complaints with this song and Blaze's vocals are excellent.
When Two Worlds Collide - This song is just bizarre to me. After hearing the previous two tracks, Blaze just doesn't sound good here at all. I wonder if perhaps this was last minute?
Educated Fool - Ugh, the weakest song on the album. Kind of has a galloping structure, but doesn't quite come off well.
Don't Look to the Eyes of a Stranger - Not bad, but Blaze's vocals kind of derail this one. He's certainly not a bad vocalist, but he sings this one rather lowkey. You have to wonder if Steve Harris wrote this one with Bruce in mind.
Como Estais Amigo - The ballad of the album. The instrumentation is quite good and Blaze's vocals are good, but this one has some poor lyrics in my opinion.
The problem with this is not Blaze's fault. Virtual XI maintains the sound of Maiden (which X Factor didn't), but X Factor seemed tailor made to fit Blaze's singing style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Number of the beast?...what's that? May 1 2004
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this cd is friggin awesome. Every track on here is great( to listen to and to play). I'm a pretty new listener to Iron Maiden, and this was the first of thier cds I ever bought, but I love(d) it. I actually like the new band better than the old band. Although this is the new [thing] to most poeple, for me this is a classic album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Angel and the Gambler has a great chorus! March 25 2004
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I don't know why that in many of the reviews I have read about this album, there are some hideously awful reviews! The Angel and the Gambler is one of these; I remember reading that the chorus was not that great - I love it! The singing and the riffs are excellent - it is a completely different kind of Iron Maiden. The Clansman, is a great song, I myself am a Scot, so, I am particularly pleased about the choice of lyrics - they send out a very powerful message. But, how could I forget the guitaring - the band all performed admirably and I enjoyed the playing of it at Rock in Rio. All in all, this is a great album which is equally, greatly underrated!
BUY THIS ALBUM (Maybe not from amazon, but, your local music shop!)
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