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Uriah Heep


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3.11 | 345 ratings

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2 stars For the second time in their history, the album opener is a ballad : "Wonderworld" : great melody but not quite usual a track for the Heep.

This album will clearly mark a line between the great moments the Heep has achieved in the past and their current (not talking about their future) production. "Suicidal Man" has a catchy melody and is quite a good hard rock song.

One of their weakest track so far is "The Shadows And The Wind" : sometimes ridiculous (listen to the finale of this song to be convinced). Rather poor : no words to describe it. I can only recommend to skip this track. Fortunately, "So Tired" is a good hard rockin' tune. One of the best song of this album, but not a classic to be remembered. Just above average on this album. Good rhythm and at last some... fantasy.

The syrupy "The Easy Road" is very poor (thank god, it is a very short one). Hell ! What happens to the Heep ? Strings and trumpets ! I must be dreaming.

The Heep tried (once more) to reproduce "Easy Livin' " with "Something Or Nothing" : the end result is not bad when compared to the other tracks. It will not achieve to approach this legendary number but it is good enough to raise a bit the level of this album.

The Heep will then try a bluesy one. Did they try and match Mark III Purple and their bluesy oriented sound at times with Hughes ? I don't know. " I Won't Mind" is not bad in the genre. It features a great Box on guitar and it's one of the best track of this album.

The worse is probably reached with "We Got We". Only the chorus saves this song from complete chaos. "Dreams" is one of the highlights (but would never have been considered as such on previous releases). A good song though, full of great keyboards and bass playing (again, this is a Heep trademark, whoever holds the bass so far).

"What Can I Do" is a typical middle of the road song. An average rocky one : not disturbing nor too boring. A bit too much elevator-type music for me though. The remastered edition features some bonus tracks : remixes or live versions. Not bad of course, especially "Something Or Nothing" but they won't raise the quality of the album unlike previous ones in which the bonuses were really good. I guess that it was due to the lack of originality of the Heep in those days.

IMO this is the weakest Heep effort so far. Not yet a disaster but only deserving two stars.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


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