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Uriah Heep


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3.44 | 343 ratings

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2 stars Seven Stars! Yeah right, dream on Heep.

If anyone was waiting for further proof of Heep's decline, Sweet Freedom has ample of it. The opener Dreamer even returns to old-fashioned blues-a-billy in an attempt to hide the complete disappearance of song writing skills. Stealin' is equally faceless but at least this one has some sort of memorable melodies and a fun groove. Be warned though: very badly dated hard-rock warning here.

If I Had the Time is not without merit but it's basically just rehashing some old ideas, especially July Morning comes to mind, at least it saves the album from the one sour star sentence. Seven Stars is a fun little song and so is Circus, which can proudly sit next to the great acoustic guitar driven ballads that ELP has made.

With only a few deserving songs, the 7 minute Pilgrim could have lifted this album to a slightly higher level but it's just another disappointment. Only for die-hard fans again, who obviously seem to like this album a lot.

Bonnek | 2/5 |


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