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Uriah Heep


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4.12 | 654 ratings

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4 stars Hard rock at it's best. Hard rock at it's proggiest.

This one is my favourite HEEP album. "Salisbury" might be better in development, but this one is raw, daring and sincere.

The only weak song on the album is the closing song, "Love Machine". However, it's weaker only a) because it's not prog and b) it's not on the some (high) level with the rest of the album. But BLACK SABBATH fans could find it easily enjoyable.

I would like tho point out the highlights of the album, but I can't. Simply because all other tracks are brilliant.

The opening tune, "Look At Yourself" will bless your ears with the rawest and strongest Hammond organ ever. Ken Hensley is playing like a possessed maniac. Song is quite simple in structure (two chords!) but the layering and developing is insane. This is a masterpiece of dynamics - one of the most important aspects of progressive rock music.

"I Wanna Be Free" contains loads of merry melodies and powerful chorus, while "July Morning" is an all-time epic. "Tears In My Eyes" and "What Should Be Done" are two more simple-structured songs, but both are very good, "Tears In My Eyes" leaning on a hard-rock side, while "What Should Be Done" is bluesy piano ballad.

"Shadows Of Grief" is one-hundred percent progressive rock madness and hard-rock song at the same time, utilising best from the both worlds. Insane vocal harmonies (only QUEEN can compare in the complexity and beauty), equally insane guitar and organ interplays, dissonant and psychedelic parts, unpredictable changes - they are all participating in this beautiful insanity.

This one is not only for hard-rock fans, it's well worth giving it a try.

clarke2001 | 4/5 |


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