... another solid performance from the Heep,5 excellent studio albums in a row,still life in the old dogs yet.This is a superb balls to the wall all out rock album,no need to look back,this belongs in the here and now,its excellent and whilst there is the occasional guitar riff,keyboard flourish and harmony vocals,that will always evoke the past,their not resting on it.
Within seconds of the Hammond organ drifting out your speakers( on opening number 'Speed of Sound') you know its them,its Heep and its a welcoming feeling,so it continues rocker after rocker,'the Law' has a typical Mick Box riff and solo whilst the likes of 'Jessie' and 'Rock The Foundation' are just good ,feet tapping fun,my favourite track(at the moment) is 'Kiss the Rainbow' it just strides out of the speakers.
If you want to be picky,there is no light and shade here,just all out rock,previous albums will have a ballad or two,maybe an acoustic track,this however rocks from start to finish,i can handle that,its done well and very enjoyable.
The band all perform at a high level,Mick Box imperious as ever,the new Bass player(Davy Rimmer) doesnt really get any showcases or time to shine but its a solid rythmn section as ever. Bernie Shaw,whilst never the best vocalist in the world,puts a real shift in here and passes with flying colours.
If Uriah Heep rockin is for you,then buy this,as a long term fan,i can hear little bits and pieces that remind me of Heep from '73/74,it may be old age clouding my memory,its still a thoroughly up to date version of Heep and i love it,so 4 stars from me,will it be rated a classic?,only time will tell.