URIAH HEEP – Living the Dream
As the fiery album opener "Grazed by Heaven" proudly shows, Uriah Heep have lost none of their drive, determination, or energy over the years and are still firing on all cylinders. The epic title track is soaked in atmosphere and its main riff is to die for. Just marvelous stuff! Other highlights include the instantly memorable "Take Away My Soul", the gritty and confident "Knocking at My Door", and the uplifting yet unpredictable "Rocks in the Road". The Deep Purple-esque "Goodbye to Innocence" is also a lot of fun. Not every tune is a killer, though; "Waters Flowin’" carries neither weight nor substance and is a bit tedious, but that is it, really. That is the only letdown on an otherwise flawless disc.
The unit is as tight, structured and disciplined as ever, but there is a brilliantly loose vibe to this organic output of theirs that is impossible not to love and embrace wholeheartedly. The guitar solos have rarely sounded better and the interplay between Russell Gilbrook’s muscular drumming and Dave Rimmer’s bass wizardry sounds utterly inspired. The vocals courtesy of Bernie Shaw carry passion and heartfelt emotion, so all is well in that department.
These British legends have been around for ages and yet they show no signs of slowing down. The quality of their last few albums speaks for itself, but the fact of the matter is that "Living the Dream" might just be the best Heep album in decades, which is saying something. Make sure you do not miss out on this superb record and do not forget to keep an eye out for any upcoming live dates of theirs.