The Iron Maiden records in order of preference.
The album probably was well meant, and Bayley did all he could, but he cannot save an uninspired band. Nevertheless, the album is half good. Best Song: "The Clansman"
The X Factor
Half the album is good, but the band seems to have lost it's way. Best Song: "Sign of the Cross"
Dance of Death
A good album, but certainly a dull one at times. Possibly the weakest of the comeback albums. Not bad, but not a great album. Best song: "Wildest Dreams"
No Prayer for the Dying
While this is a good album, it lacks the punch of the earlier records. Best Song: "Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter"
The Final Frontier
The album is certainly a major grower. While ultimately it's doomed to be inferior to the classic Maiden records, it's nevertheless more organic-sounding than the other comeback albums. Best Song: "The Alchemist"
A Matter of Life and Death
A nice album from the comeback era. Dull at times, but still a fine recording. Best Song: "Brighter Than a Thousand Suns"
Brave New World
A fine comeback of sorts. It's definitely not a glorious return, but it's still quality by Maiden standards. Best Song: "Blood Brothers"
The second and last album with Paul Di Anno. Overall, it pretty much set a template for the Dickinson Era. Best Song: "Wrathchild"
The band's major debut. Not as memorable as the Dickinson albums, but still worthwhile in it's own right. Best Song: "Iron Maiden"
Fear of the Dark
Nowhere as great as the "Golden Five", but still a fine album. Best song: "Fear of the Dark"
It might well be my least fave of the great Maiden albums, yet it stands well enough on it's own with some undisputed classics. a pity the album doesn't flow through as easily as the others IMO. Best Song: "2 Minutes to Midnight"
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
IMO, the album has more strengths lyrically than it does musically. Nevertheless, it's on it's own a classic, and the last truly great Maiden album.
The Number of the Beast
This album kicks so much ass!!! The start of the Dickinson Era. Best song: "The Number of the Beast"
Somewhere In Time
The runner-up. Not the most original of albums, but still has some amazing songs. Best song: "Alexander the Great"
Piece of Mind
FTW!!!! The best Maiden album!!! Nothing after it can top it!!! Best Song: "Flight of Icarus"