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Uriah Heep


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3.45 | 337 ratings

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3 stars 3,5 stars really

Pretty good album, more melodic even accoustic than previous albums, with very good vocals from our hero Lord Byron. driving bass and drum,and of course the Heep trademarks are all over the compositions, exciting high screaming guitars, the Heep choir doing OOOOHHHH AAAhh.

The album starts rather weak with what's supposed a high energie rock opening, but Dreamer never really captures me, the rhythmics and vocal line reminds me of A Litle Less Conversation from Elvis Presley. After that UH introduses one of their major hits, the slow starting, but overtime increasingly heavy Stealin, basically it's a slow version of their previous hit Easy livin.

With One Day the albums starts to take shape, and one starts to realize how much Byron's voice has become an intricate part of the Heep sound of those days. good song. The title track reminds me of Argent's hit Hold Your Head Up, especially on the bass and drum structure in the beginning. A beautifull ballad, with great guitars, but not their best.

The A side of the album isn't really fabulous, but on the B-side it all get's progressively better. Starting with the beautifull ballad If I Had The Time, with great synth structures, and fanatic intensity. folowed by the immensively typical Heep type of Heavy rock, with frantic accoustic guitars, and great choir boys in the back, resemblences with Moody Blues and Iron Maiden in one track, good stuff if you like both bands. The power chords make way for subtle accoustic beauty on the following Circus, just awome.

The album finishes with probable their best song on the album (IMO anyway). Listen yourself, great guitars, awsome vocals and slow heavy bombast from Mick Box and Kerslake. Sunshine sunshine sunshine I found you.

The first side is slightly disappointing, but with a great second side Heep really keeps their flow going, and it really is very good rock music. 3,5 stars, and a recommended album if you liked the previous albums.

tuxon | 3/5 |


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