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Uriah Heep


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2.43 | 211 ratings

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That was the last album of URIAH HEEP i bought when just released! not that i had many hopes after the dreadful INNOCENT VICTIM, but you know, we always have to keep faith! But as INNOCENT VICTIM was a worldwide success, it was easy to guess that we won't be getting ''SALISBURY 2''

So what are we getting with ''FALLEN ANGEL''; much of the same we found on its predecessor: pop light songs!!! Once again, the sound of the music is stripped down to the minimun; no heavy organ, no guitar riff to hurt your ears, a serviceful rythm section. And the harsh voice of LAWTON starts to get on my nerves after many listenings.

Sometimes the old URIAH HEEP can be heard (in a light version) on a track like ''Woman of the night'' which opens tha album relatively well; no, that's not GIPSY!!but that's listenable, not like the following songs which i soon it's over, you can't remember anything from them!

You even have a completely syrupy ballad from LEE KERSLAKE "'Come back to me'', perfect for 14 years old teeny-boppers looking for first love! How the mighty have fallen!! The rest of the album stays at this level: Backstreetboys pop songs; I have nothing against POP, as there is good pop, but you won't find it here! try to listen to SAVE IT! you won't try twice!there is no HARD ROCK to be heard on this album, there is not even much ROCK on it and we don't have any good melodies to compensate.

JOHN LAWTON will leave after the release of this album; The HEEP will record CONQUEST which will be the last album featuring their leader KEN HENSLEY. 30 years later, i have not been tempted to listen to it yet, so it will be my last URIAH HEEP review. I bought a few years ago SONIC ORIGAMI from 2000; I liked the first track, in the IRON MAIDEN style, but after that nothing else caught my attention.

URIAH HEEP was KEN HENSLEY hammond organ sound and songwriting, DAVID BYRON falsetto powerful voice, nice harmonies and some nice guitar from MICK BOX. But it can't be URIAH HEEP without BYRON and an inspired HENSLEY, not the one from FALLEN ANGEL.

febus | 1/5 |


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