Ken Hensley: Love And Other Mysteries

More sheepish than Heepish.

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More than 30 years after he left the band, Hensley is arguably still best known as a founding member of Uriah Heep, although he has since charted a radically different musical path.

There’s nothing remotely prog or even rock about Love And Other Mysteries, his first album for five years, for the most part a succession of unremarkable power ballads awash with cheesy Hallmark sentiments.

The stilted, sedentary emotions of (This) Bleeding House or The Girl In The Purple Dress are drippy in the extreme, all predictable chord changes, polite piano and the poetry of a sixth former who’s lost his rhyming dictionary. Compared to this, Jamie Cullum is a veritable Marilyn Manson.

Hensley wakes from his torpor on the sprightly Walk Away, with its Eagles country strum and close harmonies, but it’s a rare upbeat moment on what’s an otherwise dreary record.

Terry Staunton was a senior editor at NME for ten years before joined the founding editorial team of Uncut. Now freelance, specialising in music, film and television, his work has appeared in Classic Rock, The Times, Vox, Jack, Record Collector, Creem, The Village Voice, Hot Press, Sour Mash, Get Rhythm, Uncut DVD, When Saturday Comes, DVD World, Radio Times and on the website Music365.