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Look at Yourself

Uriah Heep

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Album Review

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

Customer Reviews

Heep's Best

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.

Biography

Formed: 1969 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Uriah Heep's by-the-books progressive heavy metal made the British band one of the most popular hard rock groups of the early '70s. Formed by vocalist David Byron and guitarist Mick Box in the late '60s, the group went through an astonishing number of members over the next two decades — nearly 30 different musicians passed through the band over the years. Byron and Box were members of the mid-'60s rock band called the Stalkers; once that band broke up, the duo formed another group called Spice....
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