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.