“Living The Dream”

By Dr. Abner Mality

If you are on a quest to find the Fountain of Youth, go ahead and ask the members of Uriah Heep where it is, because they’ve obviously found it. I know there are “purists” who will only listen to their 70’s stuff, but frankly I think their 21st century material blows most of that away. This band has more energy and vitality now than at any time in their history!

This is British hard rock at its very best and taps into a timeless sound. One thing about “Living The Dream” is that it is the most keyboard-heavy Heep album in a long time, but this in no way detracts from the power of the music. The album is full of a robust Hammond organ sound that even Jon Lord would envy. Heep is one of the few bands where the keys are as heavy as the guitar and this record is drenched in that classic full blooded sound. The vocal melodies are also amazing, especially on the driving mid-paced title track, which will stick in your head like glue.

The first half of the album hits hard with fast and powerful rockers like “Grazed By Heaven” and “Knocking At My Door” but there are also some of the longest and most prog-oriented cuts Heep has done in a while. “Rocks In the Road” has a lot of peaks and valleys and builds to a mighty climax. Whereas the album closer “Dreams of Yesteryear” has a very wistful sound befitting the nostalgic feeling. “Goodbye To Innocence” is a great raunchy tune while the chorus on “Waters Flowin’” goes back to the 60’s and almost sounds like Crosby, Stills and Nash.

No band from Uriah Heep’s origin period is killing it the way they are here. They just keep cranking out some of the best rock out there…