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Uriah Heep


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Grimble Crumble
4 stars If Firefly was Heep's new beginning, here they prove definitely what this Lawton/Hensley/Box/Bolder/Kerslake formation has come for.

By no meanings a spent force, surviving to the most shocking line-up changes, here we find a band recycling their style. Moving into a more boogie sound, approaching the 'eavy once again in long time. The first side is a punch in the ear, kicking off with Keep on Ridin's fine vocal harmonies, followed by one of my favorite numbers in Flyin' High. The choir style is similar to the last song, with a more suitable melody. Free n' Easy completes the eavy rocking mood of the work, being followed by the haunting voices of Illusion, which remind of Pilgrim from Sweet Freedom. In the second side, we find the worldwide hit Free Me, a very simple song with routine playing by the band, but powerfully driven by Lawton's voice. Cheat n' Lie is a standard song, starting with arpeggios marking a beatiful bass line by the guitar. But it's with The Dance and Choices that we have the serious side of music in the album, making it worth of its predecessors. The first is a funky-swing song, with misterious lyrics, drived by an absolutely fantastic performance by Lawton, and a bad-humored but superb guitar. Choices starts a bit aggressive, falling into dynamic interpretation by Lawton, in the mood the band used to be in Byron's era. The melodies are fantastic.

In my opinion, this is all of a experimentation by the band, and they suceeded. Maybe they could have enlarged their gold years by keeping this line of work for more 2 or 3 albuns. But, this is always a band of changes...

Grimble Crumble | 4/5 |


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