Uriah Heep
Return to Fantasy


3.5
great

Review

by Daniel Dias USER (95 Reviews)
June 20th, 2013 | 11 replies


Release Date: 1975 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Probably a bit overrated compared to previous outings, but still a great album.

"Return To Fantasy" was Uriah Heep's 8th studio album, and it featured for the first time John Wetton as the band's new bassist. John Wetton had previously played in King Crimson and Roxy Music, to name a few. He would also join Asia in the early 80s, where he would gain more notoriety as a performer. At this point in time, the band was still recovering from Gary Thain's sad death. That, perhaps, led to this album's sometimes darker tone, which is a noticeable change in Heep's traditional sound. While this change is not a constant presence, it pays dividends on a number of songs.

Where this album succeeds in pretty strong standouts, it lacks a bit in consistency. As Ken Hensley himself put it, "it's actually not a bad record, but we rushed into it and it doesn't have any cohesiveness to it". The album's first songs are your typical Heep openers in terms of sound. The title track in particular is an obvious standout, and it became an enduring live tune too in time. "Shady Lady" brings a great change of pace, and "Devil's Daughter" is another great song. But in the midsection of the album, the inconsistency starts to show up. "Beautiful Dream" is a rather average song, and "Prima Donna", if you didn't guess by the name already, isn't much better. It is pretty catchy, but also a bit too repetitive.

However, this is a case of where the good moments just seem to outweigh the bad almost effortlessly, and that contributes to a better listening experience. It just misses that chemistry that was always evident in the band's previous releases. There are, though, incredible songs, such as the title track and "Your Turn To Remember", to name a couple. Recommended if you're a fan of the band, but not your best starting point.



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danielcardoso
June 20th 2013


8802 Comments


gimme your thoughts guys

danielcardoso
June 20th 2013


8802 Comments


thanks dude

tempest--
June 21st 2013


18929 Comments


You say this is overrated, but your rating is higher than the average...

dannyboy89
June 21st 2013


13339 Comments


How can any Heep album be overrated? A ton of people don't even know they exist!

Review is good btw, have a pos.

Jethro42
June 21st 2013


14195 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

The title track rules

manosg
Contributing Reviewer
February 26th 2014


9605 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Title track is one of the best Heep album. Overall this is just good but more consistent than their previous album.

Digging: Limbonic Art - Moon In The Scorpio

MrSirLordGentleman
February 26th 2014


9573 Comments


so, worth checking?, for real?, cause asides from Abominog I doubt something made by Heep that's not from their 70-73 period could actually be good tbh

manosg
Contributing Reviewer
February 26th 2014


9605 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

For a Heep fan, yeah it does worth checking. It's a borderline 3.5 and slightly inferior to Sweet Freedom. Hope it helps dude...

MrSirLordGentleman
February 26th 2014


9573 Comments


Well, I heard the title track and yeah it's great, very catchy, the albums lacks of long songs which were Heep's strong point, but if you say it's similar to Sweet Freedom, yeah, I might check it

menawati
February 26th 2014


16408 Comments


not heard anything after Magicians Birthday apart from Abominog, might check it out

MrSirLordGentleman
February 26th 2014


9573 Comments


Mena, listen to Sweet Freedom first, Stealin' and Pilgrim are some of the best Heep songs



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