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Uriah Heep - Sonic Origami CD (album) cover

SONIC ORIGAMI

Uriah Heep

 

Heavy Prog

3.18 | 126 ratings

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Gatot
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3 stars This album proves the band existence in rock music industry. The album still characterizes the band's 70s sound even though it's not so intent. The opening track "Between Two Worlds" (6:29) really proves that the band still able to compose good music with high energy. This song has become one of my favorite Heep tracks. Bernie Shaw delivers his excellent voice augmented with great backing voices performed in choral style. The song opens with soft keyboard sounds of Phil Lanzon which reminds me to the style of Hensley. The music enters in relatively fast tempo followed with powerful voice of Bernie Shaw. The structure of this song combines heavy rhythm at the beginning followed with slower one where Bernie sings with good melody "I can remember ." backed with guitar fills. The music returns back to a rocking style. It's an impressive opener!

"I Hear Voices" is a rocker with a distant voice singing style and continuous rhythm section with soft guitar riffs. It has a good musical interlude with guitar solo. "Perfect Little Heart" is not as impressive as the opening track but it's a good straight forward rock music. "Heartless Land" is an acoustically driven track.

"Shelter From The Rain" (6:10) is a nice track with excellent singing style and good melody performed in a ballad rock style. It's an enjoyable track. It's one of my favorite tracks from this album. The strength of this song lies in its composition and good melody. Box provides its guitar solo in a bluesy style. Really a nice track. "We accuse the power of love. uuuuhhhh ..". "Everything In Life" reminds me to the structure of "Love Machine" from "Look At Yourself Album" with different melody. It demonstrates the characteristic of Heep music. Mick Box guitar solo is very interesting to enjoy. Long live Mick Box! In "Across The Miles" the band explores the musical boundary with a bit of eastern nuance through the use of tabla.

This is not an impressive album overall, however, it has powerful track like "Between Two Worlds" that has become my favorite as well. It's a good rock album but not essential. Good thing about the band is that they still demonstrate their root characteristic as rock band in the 70s even though with different line- up; only Mick Box and Lee Kerslake remain intact. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 3/5 |

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