Well, I've got WTS till the first day it
was released, the 30th May 2008.
The point is that I'm still keen on listen to it, 2 and half months
later: For me, it didn't happen since... Head First (Yes I like also
Abominog a lot) or even Raging silence. For me, theses albums (as
WTS) are rock music that I like. I know SOL was very good,but in my
opinion, it lacks the rage, the rock edge that you can (a last) hear
in WTS. Rock music must contain a urgent, a raging feeling and WTS
gots it. But not only: it gots some powerfull instrumental breaks,
some clever musical constructions, these little things make a big
difference for me. The songs are more passionate to listen to, it
keep me awake from bored feelings. I like the certain progressive
feeling. I' d like to add: the writing, the interpretation in
general is more confident, and more aereted.. they play fast but not
in a rushing way.... they keep some space between notes... it's a
great improvement for me since last album. Of course, the input of
Russell Gilbrook is decisive, but the production of Paxman is the
other great thing: for exemple the intro of Overload is giant: what
a big sound, what a clever construction.
You can listen to WTS from the first song to the last without beeing
unconfortable in the journey...each track contains a moment where I
can think "Oh Yes, I like that moment, I like that playing".. and
you can even put the record for others peoples not in the Heep
music: they would say: "what? It's Uriah Heep? Oh Yeah it rocks and
it's damn effective" At least it happened to me ! ! !
There are somes tracks from WTS: That I'm very proud of. I say that
in a strange way maybe: but I have a proud feeling to love UH when I
listen to titles like: Angels walks with you, War Child, Wake The
Sleeper ou What Kind of God...
That's my general feeling and I also and honestly, have to talk
about others aspects: Heep are composed by great professionnel
musicians: all of them for sure, but if they are not maybe the most
gifted musicians (in a technicaly way), their unity in the playing
is tied and amazingly great. (Listen to the last Asia album, with
such renamed musicians as Wetton, Palmer, Downes and Howe.. it just
felt apart..shame on them) Gilbrook is powerfull, fast and well..
young But Box, Bolder, Shaw and even the too much laid back Lanzon
kick ass.. that's so goooood.
The writing quality of composition is good, sometimes very good. but
the quality of the interpretation (playing) has an imput much more
important. Box/Lanzon are enough good, but well "Who knows" or
Daisley are missing in these field. (But "Who knows" albums (BOTH
for expl) are so weak without the Heep input or treatment)
In fact, the "Oscar" for the writing (music) is to be given to
Bolder: Angels Walk With You and War Child are outstanding.... well
What Kind of God is also an highlight from Box/Lanzon.
So thanks Uriah Heep for that great album that illuminate my 08's
summer... so, in my opinion the wait wasn't worth. Keep the same
musical vein in your next album... next year
Happy days R back!!!