Wonderworld was the seventh
studio album and was recorded in
Munich due to tax reasons. Being on
the road a lot, it probably was not
a very good choice. This was also
the last album to feature Gary Thain
whoi was replaced by John Wetton for
the next album.
The album begins with the typical
Hensley song we are used to be now.
Keybords take the lead and the
vocals provide the power and
emotion. "Wonderworld" is a good
typical organdriven medium-tempo
"Suicidal Man" saw the band for
the first time in a long time
collaberate as song-writers. The
result is a very good hard-rocking
song with a very good riff. To be
honest this is one of Heep's best
riffs ever recorded. This song lend
itself to be a very good metal song.
I dont thjink that Byron at the time
knew that this was more
autobiographical than any other
song. At this stage he was drinking
a lot and on the selfdestructive
"The Shadows and the Wind"
starts of as a very mediocre song
with a lot of musical cliches and
then it goes over in a chorus with
no words - just "la la la".
Buttttttt..... the way the vocals
take a queenslike chorus make it
very special. Still of you think
about Motth The Hoople and Gentle
Giant who has done these kind of
vocals better at that stahge it is
not very impressive.
"So Tired" is one of the more
well known Heep songs with a very
upbeat tempo. The melody is better
than "Shadows" but it is not one of
"The Easy Road" - This is
defnitely one of Uriah Heep's best
melodic songs. Starting of with the
strings and the piano and with the
very good vocals, and the very good
melody - it can't get better.
"Something or nothing" - is
actually a very better song than the
way it aged. This is a typical
mid-tempo rocker with a very catchy
tune. I really love the riff on this
one. Not very better prominent but
"I Won't mind" - has a very blues
feel to it and the only good thing
to this song is the guitars. Already
on "Very eavy and very umble" they
have shown the ability to do good
blues goods songs. Very good
"We got we" is again a very good
guitar song. On this song they go
back to "Very eavy" and "Salisbury"
with the dual guitars. It is so
good, it is a pity it is only 3.34
long or shall I say short.
"Dreams" - I must admit by this
time after listening to the last 3
albums, I was a bit tired ("So
Tired") of listening to Ken
Hensley's lyrics about dreams.
Almost all the love songs have the
theme of dreams in them. But saying
this, it is not a bad song. Again
what I like most about this song -
even though it is mostly
keybord-driven - is the guitars.