Label: Not On Label (Iron Maiden) - 7243 8 35819 2 4 • Format: CD Album, Unofficial Release • Country: Bulgaria • Genre: Rock • Style: Heavy Metal
The album takes a darker tone than the band's first nine releases, due to the lyrics being based on personal issues surrounding Steve Harris at the time, who was in the midst of a divorce. The release's title came about at the start of the album's recording. According to producer Nigel Green:.
This became the working title for the album and we liked it, so we kept it. It is also very apt as this is our tenth studio album and "X" can bring up many images. This album is also unusual for the band in that it produced several band compositions that did not make it onto the album, with Steve Harris commenting, "We actually ended up doing 14 songs and we used eleven, which is very unusual for us. Supporting the album was the X Factour tour.
Much like the tour for their following album, Virtual XIseveral dates in the United States were cancelled as Bayley suffered from occasional vocal issues from the band's heavy concert schedule. Live versions of these songs with Dickinson on vocals can be found on the single for " The Wicker Man " and the live Lord Of The Flies - Iron Maiden - The X Factor Death on the Road and Rock in Rio respectively, while the same live takes of "Man on the Edge" and "Sign of the Cross" were later re-released on Iron Maiden's compilation album From Fear to Eternity.
The X Factor was met with lukewarm responses from critics. AllMusic rated the album two stars out of five, stating that "suffering from a lack of powerful riffs and tightly written songs, The X Factor is a lackluster latter-day album from Iron Maiden.
Although the band doesn't sound particularly bad on the record, they don't sound inspired and there's a noticeable lack of energy to the performances which makes the lack of imagination all the more apparent. Sputnikmusic were somewhat more positive about the release, deeming the album "a change for Iron Maiden, and a very important one Lord Of The Flies - Iron Maiden - The X Factor that" as it "paved the way for future albums of similar length". Production and performance credits are adapted from the album liner notes.
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