Look at Yourself
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||Look at Yourself||Uriah Heep||5:12||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||I Wanna Be Free||Uriah Heep||4:03||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||July Morning||Uriah Heep||10:35||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Tears In My Eyes||Uriah Heep||5:02||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Shadows of Grief||Uriah Heep||8:43||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||What Should Be Done||Uriah Heep||4:15||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Love Machine||Uriah Heep||3:39||$0.99||View In iTunes|
The third time proved to be the charm for Uriah Heep: on Look at Yourself, the group perfects its fusion of heavy metal power and prog rock majesty, and the result is one of the best albums in the Heep catalog. The gauntlet is thrown down on the title track, a powerful rocker that layers its relentless hard rock attack with ornate vocal harmonies and quicksilver organ runs before climaxing with a tribal-sounding drum jam. The remainder of Look at Yourself presents an effective blend of gutsy guitar rock and organ-fueled prog excursions. In the rock arena, the gems are "Tears in My Eyes," a powerful rocker driven by an almost rockabilly-style riff that stops midway for a surprising vocal harmony break supported by smooth wah-wah guitar, and "Love Machine," a short, punchy slice of hard rock built on an infectious, stomping rhythm. However, the best track on the album is one of the more prog-oriented ones: "July Morning" starts with a pastoral organ riff, then builds into a heavy yet symphonic rock tune that divides its time between gentle acoustic verses and emotional, organ-fueled choruses before climaxing in a monstrous jam dominated by a swirling Moog synthesizer lead. Special note should also be taken of David Byron's vocal performance; his multi-octave, operatic style was no doubt an influence on later metal vocalists like Rob Halford. All in all, Look at Yourself is both one of Uriah Heep's finest, most cohesive albums and a high point of 1970s heavy metal. ~ Donald A. Guarisco, Rovi
Every song on this album is fantastic, except maybe What Should Be Done. Love Machine is my favorite Heep song, the title track is great, and Shadows of Grief, though somewhat overlooked, is one of favorites too. The rest is awesome as well.
Beautiful work from the kings of the Heep.
Incredible album, the prog rock-y goodness shines bright throughout their metalish lifestyle. I like. Wonder why their still in the underground of 70's rock?
No Demons, No Wizards, Just Killer Hard Rock
If you could distill the essence of early 70's hard rock into a single album, that album would be Uriah Heep's "Look At Yourself". All the elements are in balance: hard driving beats, great riffs, screaming vocals and prog flourishes, none overpowering the other. Maybe these elements would become shopworn clichés years later, but they're still novel and exciting here. David Byron makes his case as the most underrated rock singer ever, and Uriah Heep was rarely again as driven and focused. The best-known songs of course are the title track and epic "July Morning", but "I Wanna Be Free" and "Tears in My Eyes" are flat-out stunning.
Formed: 1969 in London, England
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s