Uriah Heep

Different World

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Continuing an early-'90s decent into faceless mediocrity, Different World is yet another technically sound but artistically bland recording from Uriah Heep. Originally released in 1991, the more common Castle Records reissue (featuring three bonus tracks) hit stores in 1994. Joined by Trevor Bolder on bass, Lee Kerslake on drums, keyboard player Phil Lanzon, and vocalist Bernie Shaw, founding member Mick Box does nothing to enhance the reputation of his over-ripe project. After some decrepit Def Leppard and Journey knockoffs open Different World, things deteriorate as the album descends into Bryan Adams oblivion. Barely a shell of their former selves, there's not even a hint of the group's classic British metal. While a few extra-large choruses might remind die-hard fans of the band's glory days, casual listeners will find it difficult to tolerate the squishy soft rock sound: an approach safe enough to make Bad English sound like early Metallica. As with a majority of Uriah Heep's post-Abominog attempts at relevancy, Different World is for Uriah Heep completists only.

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