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RETURN TO FANTASY

Uriah Heep

 

Heavy Prog

3.02 | 192 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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Symphonic Team
2 stars They didn't return quite yet

Return To Fantasy is not a very good album, I'm afraid. There are, however, a few good songs on this album. The opening title track is the best of these and this song is among the band's best ever songs! The second track is, on the other hand, a generic Rock 'N' Roll number with trite lyrics. The same is true of Prima Donna and Showdown. Devil's Daughter, Beautiful Dream, Your Turn To Remember and A Year Of A Day are all decent songs. Why Did You Go is a nice ballad, but the lyrics are cheesy and a bit too direct.

Most of these songs have been performed live by the present line up of the band with Bernie Shaw on vocals. Personally, I prefer these new versions.

I think that Uriah Heep very often choose quantity over quality. They made so many albums in the 70's, but many of them sound unfinished and rushed. They really should have put in more time and effort in all stages of the production from writing to recording to mixing, etc. Ken Hensley is a good song writer as proven by his finest moments, but he seems to have desperately needed someone else's advice in picking out his good songs and sending him back to the drawing board when he approached the band with some less-than-decent songs.

Some good moments here, but also some barely acceptable ones

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |

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