Uriah Heep
High and Mighty


2.5
average

Review

by Daniel Dias USER (95 Reviews)
June 27th, 2013 | 11 replies


Release Date: 1976 | Tracklist

Review Summary: High and mighty? Well, not quite.

"High and Mighty" was Uriah Heep's 9th studio album and it was released in November 1976. It represents a turning point for em, as it is their last album to feature the famous bassist John Wetton, who would join Asia after this. More importantly, this was David Byron's last album with the band. By the time of their previous album's release, the band was climbing the charts, and their fanbase was growing at an unprecedented rate in their career. But sadly, "High and Mighty" marked the beginning of their downfall.

It was indeed a huge problem, that eventually just got worse in time, as David Byron was becoming a problem for the band. Recurrent health issues and a desire to pursue a solo career were getting in the way of his focus. This obviously took its toll in the writing process for this album. Therefore, "High and Mighty" turned out to be very different than any other Heep record at that point in time.

The opener is actually surprisingly pleasant. "One Way Or Another" is a standout, and even features Wetton on vocals instead of Byron. "Misty Eyes" is another great tune, but things soon turn sour. Almost more than half of this record could be seen as filler, "Can't Stop Singing" and "Confession" being the most blatant examples. "Make a Little Love" is insipid and generic, and "Woman of the World" brings a nice change of pace in an otherwise dull sounding record, but isn't quite memorable on its own either. Only in select moments such as the acoustic driven "Footprints in the Snow", does the band sound playful, a characteristic this album often lacks.

Overall, "High and Mighty" leaves much to be desired. It's pretty much a lightweight album for Uriah Heep. It's not completely bad, but this is a band that could do, and had done before, a lot better, so it's really just average.



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menawati
June 27th 2013


16408 Comments


wow a heep fan

danielcardoso
June 27th 2013


8802 Comments


ahah what do ya think of this?

menawati
June 27th 2013


16408 Comments


Have never heard it.
I always assumed it was bad like most of their stuff after the first 5 or 6 albums.
All ive heard later than magician bday is abominog and i think head first maybe.

danielcardoso
June 27th 2013


8802 Comments


Raging Silence and Sea of Light are pretty good
You should check it out

menawati
June 27th 2013


16408 Comments


i dont think he liked the response to his rush review and came here to pass on the some of the negvibes

danielcardoso
June 27th 2013


8802 Comments


Thanks fripp

dannyboy89
June 27th 2013


13339 Comments


Nice review. My tips:

-The 3rd paragraph feels a bit vague. Instead of merely saying words
like "soft" to decribe the album, get more specific with the actual
musicianship. Also, you speak of an "uncharacteristic sound". Bear in
mind that many people don't even know this band existed, so they
might not necessarily know what you're saying.

-On the 5th paragraph, you say: "'Can't Stop Singing' and 'Confessions
can easily be seen as fillers.". Please explain why.

And have a pos.

tempest--
June 28th 2013


18928 Comments


This is alright

danielcardoso
June 28th 2013


8802 Comments


ehh ahah

manosg
Contributing Reviewer
March 5th 2014


9603 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This is not good at all. So mellow and tame. If you haven't listened to it yet, don't bother.

Digging: Limbonic Art - Moon In The Scorpio

danielcardoso
May 1st 2014


8802 Comments


yeah, first couple of songs are okay but it's only downhill from there.



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