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Uriah Heep


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3.45 | 337 ratings

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For some of URIAH HEEP fans, the quality of this album seems to be subpar compared to the first 5 studio albums! For me it is their crowning artistic achievement. I LOVE this album!!! The beginning of the downfall is near starting with the next album WONDERWORLD, but SWEET FREEDOM has always been a great pleasure to listen for me.

There are no bad tracks, there are no average tracks. Only good and great songs. This album includes my all time favorite URIAH HEEP tune, the wonderful PILGRIM with the best vocal performance from DAVID BYRON i ever heard. How brilliant! how powerful! KEN HENSLEY is completely in charge, the hammond is all over the place like on the melancholic ballad ''SWEET FREEDOM'' the title track. It doesn't live much space for MICK BOX to shine, except the occasional (short) solo like on the great hit of the album; the energetic ''STEALIN''.

Quite a few mid-tempo ballads like the excellent ''ONE DAY'' or''if I HAD THE TIME'' complete this album with very nice melodies or great arrangements like the moog part on the latter. Quite a very nice athmospheric album, not really on the hard side at all except the first 2 tracks. This is an album for DAVID BYRON to shine throughout with his all so beautiful tender, yet powerful voice! Seems those songs has been written by HENSLEY especially for his lead singer.SWEET FREEDOM can be seen as collaboration between these 2 as the 3 other musicians really take a backseat on this album.

Yes, a lot of hammond, a lot of BYRON; i have nothing to complaint about. a magnificent album. And we will never get tired of listening to PIGRIM, can we? at least, not me!

A full 5 stars for SWEET FREEDOM; won't be any 5 stars anymore after this album!


febus | 5/5 |


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