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Ken Hensley


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3.10 | 27 ratings

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3 stars I was quite disillusioned by Ken's solo debut. Although he was surrounded by another half of the Heep, there was little to share in terms of music. I know that it might be for this specific reason that a band member makes a solo effort, but I would have hoped a deeper Heep sound. Most of these songs were rock ballads and I had a mixed feeling about them.

For his second album, there are no Heep mates, on the contrary it is almost based on a trio of musicians only; but while I discovered the opening track, I could find points of comparison with the beloved band, and I quite liked it at first sight. The music is much more upbeat to start this album: the funky-rock ''Stargazer'' is anothe rwinner and a very follower for ''Eager To Please''.

Tempo and beat drop down with the country-style ''Secret'' and the fine ballad ''Through The Eyes?'', which highlights how good a keyboard player Ken is as well as a very good vocalist ( he could have take it over when Byron left actually).

The liner notes mention that this album was a joint project with Mark Clark (from Colloseum) but no real link with this band can be noticed.

Another fave of mine is the good old rock ''Winter Or Summer''. Punchy, it almost features Yes- oriented vocals but is unfortunately waaaaaaay too short. But none of tracks featured were on the long side.

The last numbers from this work are less interesting (''Longer Shadows''); maybe that Ken had little time to dedicate to his solo work but was still willing to release one. In terms of rating, I will end up as I did with ''Proud Words?''. It is an average record but I will round it up to three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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