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Uriah Heep


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5 stars Wow, I didn't know that Uriah Heep could pull such and aewsome stunt right after the absolutly terrible Different Worlds. There were some signs in about two of the songs on the previous album, but this one is just full blown heavy progressive rock that will really blow your mind. The sound quality throughout out is excellent as well, they sound great and everything is much more in the mix. I felt that the last album felt like a cheap Aerosmith release, but this is some good material with great Roger Dean artwork.

"Against the Odds" is already much better from the start. The intro is very different from some of the other songs, seems like slowly played precussive instruments, then turns into a very hard rocker. The guitar solo at the beginning is just a slight showcase of Mick Box's talent on this album. The organ is played so intensly on this one, and it's just really fitting on this album. The vocals are loud and the lyrics are fresh. Top cut of the album. "Sweet Sugar" is one of my least favorite on my album because it just sounds a little too much of the same old stuff we already heard before. The organ is nice and loud though. The lyrics are really bad, but the music is good. "Time of Revalation" is really nice, and fast-paced for those wondering. The lyrics are pretty good, considering the last song. The organ is well played, again, and is fairly loud. Bassline is nice and loud with the drums. "Minstrell of all Time" is a very proggy track, and one of the best on the album. It starts with a sort of tangerine dream type of keyboards, and then the vocals are nice crisp and loud. The lyrics are describing a woman much more clearly than an average rock song. "Universal Wheels" has a very odd and futuristic intro, but is then followed by a cool little riff in the beginning. The song really doesn't go anywhere with me, and that's why I always switch it. "Fear of Falling" is very alternative and different sounding, and I like it. The guitar riff at the beginning, with the repetative solo really work well with the loud and hard bassline. The vocals are excellent, but not by Bernie Shaw, he is singing backup. The drums are nice and loud. "Spirit of Freedom" reminds me alot of the stuff on Look at Yourself, the 1971 album, because of how loud and powerful the guitar solo part is in the beginning. The vocals are great, and the lyrics are pretty good considering the album. "Logical Progression" is a different track, with an organ and guitar fading in intro, but it dosen't really grab my attention. The organ is well played though, but it gets rather tedious the way he plays it. The song has a strong beat, and thats about it. Lyrics are rather simple. "Love in Silence" is good, though not the best. The piano and acoustic guitar work well with the loud and powerful bassline and drums. The vocals are nice, and the lyrics are fairly good for this album, much better than some of the tracks on this album. Bernie is really showing his talent on this track. "Words in the Distance" is a more or so AC/DC kind of track, and I really don't like it that much. But, thank god, that's only the intro. The lyrics aren't great, and the vocals are just bad when they are soft, I don't like it when Bernie sings softly, but the beat is really hard and straightforward. "Fires of Hell" has a nice drum intro, and it sounds very nice. The riff is nice and loud, played with the organ, guitar, and bass. The lyrics are excellent, and the vocals are strong and straightforward. This song is one of my favorites, and shows that Uriah Heep had traveled a long distance since the last album. "Dream On" is really an excellent showcase of how well Mick Box can play the acoustic guitar. The vocals are nice, not too soft, thats when he sounds bad, and not too heavy and screechy for this song. The vocal harmonies that appear are very nice.

Though this album has some moments of their last album's weakness, this album has some amazing parts, and I have to give it a 5 stars because it's alot better than some of their stuff back in the day, and Bernie is a great new vocalist for the band.

Rushlover13 | 5/5 |


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