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The Final Frontier gets better with every listen

Tim Davis  20 August 2010 15:54:06
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With the first run through only two tracks stuck: The Alchemist and Starblind.

By the third listen, Coming Home and The Talisman had become accessible.

Now (fifth? sixth?) I am loving The Man Who Would Be King and When the Wild Wind Blows.

Just starting a new listen. I now get El Dorado and Mother of Mercy.

I always have this trouble with a new Maiden album. The tracks have to gradually open themselves up.

Prog metal ain't easy.

Comments

1Tim Davis  20/08/2010 16:03:14  The Final Frontier gets better with every listen

PS: I love how adorably English they are. Who else would write an 11 minute epic based on a Raymond Briggs book?

2Ben Poole  20/08/2010 16:14:11  The Final Frontier gets better with every listen

It's the first Maiden album I've bought in a while, and I am very pleased I did. It is splendid! I love the intro...

3Tim Davis  20/08/2010 16:22:27  The Final Frontier gets better with every listen

@Ben: How 'in a while' is 'in a while'? If you like this, you should probably try Dance of Death. This was only their album before last but was 2003!

4Tim Davis  20/08/2010 16:24:20  The Final Frontier gets better with every listen

I'm listening to Isle of Avalon now, and its a bit "Jazz Odyssey" in the middle.

5John Head  20/08/2010 16:40:39  The Final Frontier gets better with every listen

I have every Maiden album recorded, and this is a special album. I really think Steve learned how to edit the songs better than ever. And having Adrian balance Steve and Bruce in the writing process has helped them tremendously.

Funny you call this prog metal - cause this is the first Maiden album I would call prog. But I do agree.

Best Maiden album since Seventh Son.

6Tim davis  20/08/2010 16:59:09  The Final Frontier gets better with every listen

@John:

Yeah? Got every album they recorded? Think that makes you a better Maiden fan than me? I was at Hammy Odeon in 82 the night they recorded Beast Over Hammersmith, so there!

;-)

7Jason Hook  21/08/2010 08:47:45  The Final Frontier gets better with every listen

I came a bit late to the party. The first time I saw them was at Hammersmith in May 83. I can still remember feeling awkward and hairy (I had long hair in those days). They on the other hand were brilliant.

I'm still not sure about this Janick Gers bloke. He arrived in the in between time when I lost interest.

I'm not sure if this one is as good as somewhere in time, or Powerslave but it's pretty good :-)

Up the Irons!