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Uriah Heep


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3.42 | 183 ratings

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3 stars After decade of silence UH released their new album. And it rocks! I really like few their early heavy keyboards based albums, including live recordings. They crossed few decades, missed bigger part of original line-up, released myriad of very average albums.

This work is unexpectedly strong. Main their strong side there is rock energy. Plus some melodic moments. Weak points are short straight hard-rock ( circa '78) compositions, AOR and faceless pop-rock moments. The band is far from their short innovative period ( far - I mean almost 40 years, no jokes!),so this work is mostly oriented to old fans searching on new release of the music they loved when they still didn't were grandfathers. This release partially fulfills their expectations.

Music is hard and energetic , what is not very usual for bands with such long history. Another thing, that in fact there you have a brand name, not really same band as in 70-s. But who cares! Negative side is there are no more long Hammond based melodic compositions some of us remember all these 40 (!) years. But there are something, what reminds its. So, you can listen your old LP's at home and listen modern UH version on (small) stadiums. But new release at least will confirm for many that they still can rock!

So, if you're UH fan, you possibly will enjoy this album. Far from their best works, album is still good enough to remind you your young years (and grass was greener). Hardly will attract new listeners, however.

snobb | 3/5 |


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