Uriah Heep
Innocent Victim


2.0
poor

Review

by Daniel Dias USER (93 Reviews)
June 30th, 2013 | 11 replies


Release Date: 1977 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Increasing tensions lead to another disappointing and repetitive album for a rapidly aging band.

"Innocent Victim" was Uriah Heep's 11th studio album and it was released in September 1977. The band seemed to be approaching a new start after their previous album. "Firefly" pushed away some of the traditional fans that enjoyed the band's previous works, but for what it's worth it was an improvement over "High and Mighty" But sadly, "Innocent Victim" represents another big dip in quality, to say the least. In spite of the album's big success due to the massive hit single "Free Me", the album in general feels absolutely formulaic and underdeveloped. "This album was a natural successor to our previous work, but somehow didn't turn out quite as we expected, as far the quality of it all is concerned", Mick Box himself mentioned.

"Keep on Ridin'" is actually a great opener, a funky pop tune that sets a great tone and is immediately catchy in its delivery. But the album soon takes a wrong tune, as almost every other tune fails to impress as much as the opener does. "Roller" is one of those songs that just doesn't go anywhere, feeling directionless and pretty unremarkable. "The Dance" is pretty upbeat as the title suggests, but doesn't offer much more than a catchy singalong chorus that wears thin after repeated listens. Then there's the big hit "Free Me". A song that is extremely popular, but just feels too commercially inclined to be a decent standout. It's in songs such as "Free 'n' Easy" that the band seems most comfortable, and it's no surprise too since it's the most Heep sounding song in this noticeably more pop influenced record. Said moments come few and far between though.

"Innocent Victim" is quite a disappointing affair, and despite the unbelievable success of "Free Me" it failed to chart in the UK. Honestly, this is not an album that i would recommend at all, regardless of you already being a fan of the band or not. "Innocent Victim" never seems fully fleshed out, and the results are quite often poor.



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danielcardoso
June 30th 2013


8144 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I'm sorry if I was too agressive but i'm not a big fan of this album

HolidayKirk
June 30th 2013


1721 Comments


I dunno what possessed you to review all of their albums

But your dedication is impressive.

HolidayKirk
June 30th 2013


1721 Comments


Why you gotta steal kids thunder Hay? Good for you, I'm trying to compliment the chap.

KILL
June 30th 2013


77800 Comments


gota check

menawati
June 30th 2013


16408 Comments


wow daniel is on a mission here for sure

menawati
June 30th 2013


16408 Comments


have a break when u reach Abominog i already did that one

danielcardoso
June 30th 2013


8144 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Exactly, i think i won't review abominog since you've already done it

menawati
June 30th 2013


16408 Comments


ye true, do em all

tempest--
June 30th 2013


18684 Comments


This album ain't that bad.
I mean, there's nothing really memorable, but it's not bad.

dannyboy89
July 1st 2013


13340 Comments


Nice to see your dedication. Have a pos.

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manosg
Contributing Reviewer
March 11th 2014


9559 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is surprisingly good. A bit more melodic and tame than the usual Uriah Heep but with some really good songwriting. "Choices" is an excellent closer too.

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