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Uriah Heep


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3.21 | 231 ratings

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2 stars A collection of mediocore pop rock, with light hints of progressive rock, unlike their past albums, like Salisbury, Look at Yourself, Demons and Wizards, and The Magicians Birthday just to name a few of their more proggy efforts. No extended tracks, and the musicianship is very poor for this album. Though there are a few signs of greatest that Uriah Heep used to hold, their spark had flown away....until the next album. This release also marks the last album with John Wetton, and David Byron who died in 1985 from liver damage.

"One Way or Another" is one of the top cuts for the album. John Wetton and Ken Hensley are singing on this one, and do a great job. I heard somewhere that David was playing the hammond organ on this one, and he does a fairly good job at it. Not very many signs of prog rock, but it's a good heavy metal song. "Weep in Silence" is a good and heart touching song, with nice organ and intense sounding guitar. The bassline is very nice and it flows well with all of the music being played. The guitar solo after a minute in is very nicely played, and is very well distorted. David sings on this one, and he sings very well, as usual. There is no soul in this track though. "Misty Eyes" has terribe lyrics, and, even worse, no passion that I got from their earlier albums. The vocals are, nice but it's not very beleivable. Everyone just seems drained, like the rest of the album. The guitar sounds a bit out of place, the way it's playing just dosen't seem right. "Midnight" is okay, one of the better and much more upbeat songs, but still, im not really feeling the style of this song. It's not very dark like the title is, it's much lighter and it sounds too happy with the guitar solo in the beginning by Mick Box. Vocals sound fairly good, but this song is one of the best from one of the worst Heep albums. "Can't Keep a Good Band Down" is just terrible pop crap that most of this album is. The mini moog at the beginning with the guitar riff is very much so appreciated, but the lyrics are terrible and just sounds unlike their previous efforts. "Women of the World" is another pop sounding standard, with a different feeling to it. The guitar is acoustic and sounds pretty interesting, but not very pleasing with the bass line. The lyrics are terrible, much like most of this album. "Footprints in the Snow," despite it's name, is very soft and a good ballad like song. It's a bit of a saving grace for the album, because it adds that warmth that you don't really find in the album. The vocals are sweet and passionate, and work well with the whole sound. A favorite because of the darkness. "Can't Stop Singing" is terrible pop crap, just after one of their most well thoughout and best songs of the album. The vocals sound very going-through-the-motions type of sound, and are very unsoulful. This song is a bit of a disgrace. "Make a little Love" is a heavy metal type of sound with those sex lyrics that most Uriah Heep songs are really known for. The band sounds fairly good, and the guitar solo's are very nice, but I can't get through it because the rest of the album is just so uninteresting. "Confession" is just a bit boring for my taste, but has some nice piano and passion. The vocals are very nice, but, by now, it's too little too late for them to get back on top with this album.

Though there are some saving graces, this album is only for the Uriah Heep fans of the world because everyone is just so unsoulful and so unpassionate on this album. A 2 star rating, and definatly no higher.

Rushlover13 | 2/5 |


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