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Uriah Heep


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4.12 | 654 ratings

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5 stars This album is one of their best, and is one of their more underrated albums. One of the most heavy metal of all progressive rock albums, and it really shows. Two extended songs, and all the other songs just plain out rock. The basslines are simply strong, drums forceful, and some nice guitar parts. David Byron is singing absolutly amazingly, it's amazing. This album should be up there with the rest of the progressive rock albums that have earned top marks.

"Look at Yourself" is one of the best openers ever. It's is so heavy and so pumping, that it's really hard to turn it off. The vocals are simply amazing, David singing at his best. Mick Box's guitar playing is rather simple for this track, just about two chords, but he really rocks it out with his awesome solo. Ken Hensley's organ is always powerful, as are the drums being as fierce as ever. "I wanna be Free" isn't has hard rock or as heavy as some of the other tracks, but it's still pretty nice. The vocals are doubled and are very nice. David's singing has never failed to impress me with his amazing voice. The bassline is just awesome, nice and deep low end, not much high end though. The lyrics are pretty nice, not the best, but not bad at all. "July Morning" is Uriah Heep's stable for classic rock radio, along with 2112 from Rush and Stairway to Heaven from Led Zeppelin, this is rocking. It's not their most heavy metal song, but it's got some harder parts. The organ intro is really awesome, as is the guitar solo in the beginning after the hammond organ intro. The bass playing is very good and very melodic on this track. The quiet organ as the soft part goes into effect, right before David starts to sing is nice. The lyrics are not very well though out, but they do have some meaning, finding the right love. The acoustic guitar in the soft part is awesome as well, nicely played, of course, only the best from Mick Box. The "la la la la" part is so memorable, and honestly, I can never get it out of my head once I hear it once. This song is simply amazing, a true classic. "Tears in My Eyes" is a pretty good track, though not my favorite. It sounds a little bit too blues rock, but it's a nice track. The guitar is excellent, I can really get into the that. Basslines are really pumping, and David is singing very well, as usual. Lyrics are alright, but probably the worst of the album. The little scream is nice, the vocal harmonies rock. "Shadows of Grief" is the other extended track, and is a lot less known as July Morning, their ten minute epic track. The organ is really rocking, and it shows some nice playing by Ken Hensley, the hammond organ master himself. The vocal harmonies are very nice, and the whole song just has a very rocking and atmospheric feeling to it. It really dosen't drag too much, not many Uriah Heep songs drag that much though. The lyrics are okay for the most part, but not very well though out, like the other epic on this album. But a top cut from the album. "What Should Be Done" is very nice, great piano balland kind of sound that I am getting from this song. The lyrics are stunning on this track to me, and is one of my personal favorite tracks on the album. "Love Machine" is one of the best closers to put on the album. It's the most rocking of all, with it's intense hammond organ, this song just has that escense of being loving all that good stuff. The lyrics are about loving someone, and it's just nice. The guitar solo's throughout the song are really nice.

Though this album has some odd lyrics, the musicianship from everyone who is playing is simply stunning. Some stuff might be filler, not not much. This song is excellent, and might the most underrated in the Heep catalouge. 5 stars for being a flawed masterpiece.

Rushlover13 | 5/5 |


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