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Heaven & Earth: V
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Heaven & Earth: V

Melodic Hard Rock
4.5/5.0

While Heaven & Earth has revolved around its creator, songwriter, and guitarist Stuart Smith, its also been an ever evolving band. For the 2000 debut, it was Smith with a various and notable guests including Richie Sambora, Glenn Hughes, Bobby Kimball, among many others. Yet over the next 20 years, several albums, and more personnel changes. Heaven & Earth has developed into an international project with an Italian singer Gianluca Petralia, a Hungary-based keyboardist George Barabas, and three Brits (Stuart, Simon Wright, and Lynn Sorensen). Smith and company now return with their fifth studio album, aptly titled V.

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But as a band, Heaven & Earth continues in their classic melodic hard rock tradition with Smith's fine guitar work as the centerpiece. Yet that's not the only common thread in many songs. The other is Barabas's Hammond organ which often takes center stage next to Smith's handy guitar solos. You'll hear this somewhat old school, Seventies, vibe within Ship Of Fools, Poverty, and One In A Million Men. Within Flim Flam Man, the Hammond is even more prominent, both underlying and rising throughout the song which might sound some like a bluesy twist between Deep Purple and Whitesnake. That rich bluesy feel is latent within Big Money Little Man which is driven by strong drum and bass lines. It's definitely some heavy rock, but so is Running From The Shadows, and the slow and heavy ballad Beautiful. Alternatively, Little Black Dress finds Heaven & Earth adding some bump and grind to their hard rock groove in this upbeat tune, complete with some fine spry piano before the guitar solo. All things considered, Heaven & Earth's V is another fine album of their classic hard rock driven by terrific guitar work and lively Hammond organ (among a great many other fine things). Definitely recommended.




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Heaven & Earth's V is another fine album of their classic hard rock driven by terrific guitar work and lively Hammond organ (among a great many other fine things). Definitely recommended.

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