Rereleased as a 180 g double LP!
If you listen a little more intensively to ‘The X-Factor’, Iron Maiden’s first album with Blaze Beyley, you’ll not only be struck by the awesome songs, you’ll definitely notice the excellent vocal performances as well. ‘The X-Factor’ doesn’t just demonstrate a fundamental vocal overhaul within the band, it also delivers a few musical surprises for long-time fans as well, as the songwriting has become substantially darker. Songwriter, bassist and producer Steve Harris links this to his personal rock bottom, which he hit after Dickinson’s departure and his divorce.
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Tracklist - The X-factor
- 1.Sign of the Cross
- 2.Lord of the Flies
- 3.Man on the Edge
- 4.Fortunes of War
- 5.Look for the Truth
- 6.The Aftermath
- 7.Judgement of Heaven
- 8.Blood on the World's Hands
- 9.The Edge of Darkness
- 10.2 A.M.
- 11.The Unbeliever
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New edition of X-factor is really excellent. Sound is different then original 1995 version on clear vinyls but not bad. But 1995 version very hard to find. Now it's album is available for less price. Sound is remastered, but not bad. Thanks parlaphone for this release
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Despite the more metallic feel slightly disappearing, guitarists Dave Murray and Janick Gers are still excellent in The X Factor. While I don't like the production on their guitars at all, they work with what they have and churn out some impressive riffs. Catchy, melodic riffs (especially when combined with Blaze's singing) make up for the lack of heaviness. Murray and Gers solo at the right times, adding speed and power to songs. Dave and Janick are best on the opening, 11 minute epic Sign of the Cross, where they spearhead the long instrumental that makes up almost half of the song.
The X Factor was a change for Iron Maiden, and a very important one at that. At over 70 minutes, this album paved the way for future albums of similar length, like Brave New World, Dance of Death, and their upcoming album A Matter of Life and Death. To this very day, the album remains one of the more unpopular Iron Maiden albums, along with Virtual XI. The X Factor is the kind album you either really love or really hate, as it doesn't feature the band's traditional sound. If I could recommend one album to get samples from before purchasing, it would be The X Factor, as it seems to have a mixed bag of supporters and haters. Personally, I really enjoyed The X Factor, its introspective lyrics, and Blaze's singing. That said, I would prefer the band refraining from recording an album similar to this one.
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"The X-Factor" is definitely the best album in the history of Maiden. And it's not about sound, or performance, or anything else. These qualities were always on top. In my opinion, the only epithet suitable for the one-word description of this album may be perhaps one - "Genius".
And here's the point. Those albums that were recognized as living classics and taken for the absolute are the result of a long work and gradual development. Examples - "The Seventh Son", "No prayer ..." and, accordingly, "Fear ...". To write songs from these albums, in which Dickinson developed his singing talent to the maximum, it took nearly six years of hard work. Concerts, countless singles, attempts to experiment. The only thing, I think, on what kept all the so-called. "Golden Era" is a truly unforgettable talent of Harris, who could write alone so deep in melody and content that the opening of their meaning simply did not have the strength or the desire to penetrate the compositions of other authors (the same Bruce, Smith, ). Fortunately, there were not so many of them.
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