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Uriah Heep


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4.12 | 694 ratings

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4 stars Look at Yourself is my ultimate Heep experience. After the symphonic experiments of Salisbury, they got their hard rock act together again and concentrated on heavy rock songs with an occasional proggy excursion. The album doesn't offer much that they hadn't done on the preceding albums but in many ways it perfeced their earlier ambitions.

The title track is just perfect. Five minutes of sweeping organ, wahwah and inciting percussion. It's the first Heep song that I have heard and it has always remained the yardstick to measure any other Heep song against. I Wanne be Free, Tears in My Eyes and Love Machine are all a outstanding hard rock songs and What Should be Done a mandatory but satisfactory ballad.

For prog fans July Morning and Shadows of Grief will probably be of major interest. Especially July Morning with its dramatic onset and crescendo structure, layering waves of Hammond organ and synths into a dramatic climax. It's one of Heep's finest moments. Shadows of Grief is particularly appealing for its gothic atmospheres.

Uriah Heep never managed to equal this album, let alone top it. It serves as a perfect introduction to the band and stands as the most essential Uriah Heep album in my collection. 4.5 stars

Bonnek | 4/5 |


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