Uriah Heep
Firefly


2.5
average

Review

by Daniel Dias USER (95 Reviews)
June 29th, 2013 | 7 replies


Release Date: 1977 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A surprisingly predictable affair.

"Firefly" was Uriah Heep's 10th studio album and it was released in February 1977. Only three months before, "High and Mighty" had been released to a lukewarm response. John Wetton and David Byron left shortly after, being replaced by Trevor Bolder and John Lawton respectively. In spite of the poor reception of the previous album, fans still had a moderate interest in the band, and wanted to see how the newly arrived Lawton would fill in for Byron's iconic vocals.

Sadly for everyone, the band was in disarray at that time, which probably reflected on the overall quality of this record. "The Hanging Tree" is a strange choice for an opener, and just not the best of tunes. "Been Away Too Long" offers some improvement though, and Lawton demonstrates on this one that he's quite a capable singer on his own. But if Lawton does a fine individual job, what this album showcases is a huge inconsistency that confirms the fans' doubts. "Firefly" is pretty samey, and lacks a true highlight other than the great "Sympathy". "Who Needs Me" and "Do You Know" are okay enough but a bit too repetitive for their own good, and the album's title track in particular sounds decent following "Sympathy", but is really just average on its own.

Overall, "Firefly" offers a pretty easy listening experience, but lacks the great songwriting that made the early Heep albums such a treat to listen to. Not recommended unless you're already a fan of the band, because this one is almost certainly not going to win you over.



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menawati
June 29th 2013


16408 Comments


nice to see some heep, never bothered trying much of their stuff outside the early classics

danielcardoso
June 29th 2013


8807 Comments


no wonder ahah

danielcardoso
June 29th 2013


8807 Comments


yeah bud thanks

tempest--
June 29th 2013


18931 Comments


This album is great

Antonius
June 30th 2013


337 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I agree that the album is a solid one and easy to listen. However, I can't understand why you said that the album is missing a highlight. Man, listen again 'Sympathy'. Please

manosg
Contributing Reviewer
June 30th 2013


9607 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Agreed with Antonius. Sympathy is one of Heep's best songs imo and John Lawton is incredible on that song. His work with Lucifer's Friend is also important if you haven't already checked it.

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danielcardoso
June 30th 2013


8807 Comments


Wise man played on this terrible old soap opera my cousin used to watch, and since then i can't dissociate the two lol.



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