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Uriah Heep


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3.42 | 183 ratings

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3 stars Very 'eavy, very 'umble

''Sea of Light'' was a great Uriah Heep album, proved that current line up can write strong musical material. Very good ''Sonic Origami'' also had, like Bernie Shaw said then, ''soon to be Uriah Heep classics''. Magic of Heep music, lost in the 80s, returned.

And now, after 10 years of silence, new, self-ironically titled, studio album. The expectation bar was quite high, but ''Wake the Sleeper'' is rather a disappointment for me. I always loved Uriah Heep ability to create memorable songs (all their good albums contain songs which once heard cannot be forgotten) and beautiful contrast between heavy and soft parts. Unfortunately none of these things are found here. The album rocks, the first track can wake even dead ones, most trademarks like vocal harmonies, organ and guitar solos are here, but the magic is gone. Almost nothing to remember. The weakness is in writing.

''Wake the Sleeper'' is not a bad album, it could be an improvment after pale ''Different World''. But now it is the way back, not forward. I love UH and hope the next album will follow sooner than in 10 years and will be much better. 2.5 stars rounded to 3.

NotAProghead | 3/5 |


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