Look at Yourself: Uriah Heep

Rating: 90%

Look_At_Yourself_(Uriah_Heep_album_-_cover_art).jpgReleased in 1971, Prog Rock group Uriah Heep’s third release brings the band to popularity among the mainstream. This album is a hard hitter and shows the world how Progressive Rock should sound.

David Byron’s vocals are strong as he can hit the highest of notes. The guitar work of Mick Box is both hard and heavy. With the deep sound and heavy distortion brings an almost heavy metal feel to the album. Ken Hensley, the utility man hammers the organ, piano and guitars. Rounding the line up is Paul Newton on bass and Iain Clark on drums.

Musically, this album features much from the tempo to melodies that are unlike any band from the early 1970’s. Everything is in tuned with one another from the powerful guitars to the organ work which work hand in hand. The guitar itself is very heavy and is very aggressive from the riffs to the leads. The harmony throughout the entire album from the music to the vocals are brilliantly conducted. The song structures themselves are done well. The album features “Look at Yourself” and “July Morning” which were later included as among the band’s best hits from this record.

Track listing:

Side 1
“Look at Yourself” – 5:09
“I Wanna Be Free” – 4:00
“July Morning” – 10:32

Side 2
“Tears in My Eyes” – 5:01
“Shadows of Grief” – 8:39
“What Should Be Done” – 4:15
“Love Machine” – 3:37

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