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Not a bad effort from those ageing rockers
on 23 August 2011
I have pretty much discounted Uriah Heep over the last 30 years - my God, has it been that long?
When you look back, they didn't really make a classic album (calm down fans), they did however, make some fantastic music over about five albums from '71 to '74.
Great memories: Sunrise/Gypsy/Easy Livin'/Look At Yourself/Sweet Lorraine and so on.
Their previous album, "Wake The Sleeper", was a step up from their previous releases and "Into The Wild" continues in the same vein, offering straight forward hard rock, driven by a guitar/keyboard attack, but lacking the real essence of their seventies sound.
I have to admit that Bernie Shaw does an excellent job again on vocals and the first part of the album is very listenable.
It does peter away towards the end with some very average tracks.
Highlights, for me, are the title track "Into The Wild", "I'm Ready" and "Southern Star".
You know, it's close to being a very good album, but just falls a little short on content and that real desire to push the boundaries that one step further.