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WONDERWORLD

Uriah Heep

 

Heavy Prog

3.10 | 305 ratings

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Tarcisio Moura
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3 stars 3,5 stars really. Wonderworld is definitly the least succesfull album done by their īclassicīline up of the 70īs. It was done during a big inside crisis (Byronīs drinking and bassist Thain addiction to heroin) and not many critics liked it at the time. And there is controversity about it even today. Nevertheless, they still could deliver a better work than most of their competition.

The LP has a great side one: the classic title track, Suicidal man, The Shadows and The Wind and the beautiful short ballad The Easy Road. Only So tired is a throwaway song, with its lyrics confessing its lack of inspiration explicity. side two is not as good: not a really bad song, but not any highlights either. What saves the album is the groupīs fantastic chemistry: even at their lowest those guys were special, including Gary Thainīs playing is impeccable and fluid. those backing vocals are also unique and thrilling.

Certainly changes had to come, but they did it in a very sad fashion, with Thainīs death not long after the LP release. And things would never be the same again. So Wonderworld, with all its faults, is still a good farwell CD to Uriah Heepīs golden era. Not their best for starters, but essential for the fans.

Tarcisio Moura | 3/5 |

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