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Uriah Heep


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3.44 | 343 ratings

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3 stars Certainly not the best Heep's effort, this one is not on the same level as "Salisbury" or "Look At Yourself" are and it didn't pass well on the test of time. However, it's not bad at all.

Personally, I like this kind of music a lot, but I'll try to be fair. Well, It's hard to say whether the band decided to try a different path or they've just lost imagination, but whatever the reason might be, changes are evident at their best on the first two tracks, "Dreamer" and "Stealin'". They are good (but not extremely good, mind you) hard rock tunes, but nothing more. They're both repetitive, with simple bass lines, and after a fade-out, you got an impression that nothing happened. The highlights are screaming vocals, however. My fave is "If I Had The Time" (although progressive "Pilgrim" is technically the best) because of the remarkable keyboard melody, some sort of a meditative feel inside moderate rock tempo, and, I'm really not sure why, science fiction atmosphere. "Seven Stars" is also worth mentioning, it's band's step towards silliness, and I like these kind of things. On the other, "serious", side, there's lovely, mellow, acoustic "Circus", and "Sweet Freedom" with nice and suggestive chorus.

If you're a fan of that sort of music (whether is progressive or not) that utilises hard rock mannerism with heavy keyboards, and if you're fan of 70's in general, you might easily like this one. This is a a good album, but it'll have to wait for a long time to be discovered by an average (prog) rock fan...because there's so much equally good or better albums around.

clarke2001 | 3/5 |


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