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The Moody Blues


Crossover Prog

2.61 | 87 ratings

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3 stars "Strange Times" is another fair and hearable MB album with a cluster of nice pop songs but with only a few pigments of progressive rock - well, that's how the things are. Anyway, there's a great empathy regarding THE MOODY BLUES which at the time this album was released were completing 35 years on the road. Needless to say more?

As ever, production is flawless; a delicacy for a band that borders the legendary label, not surprising at all. Also lyrics are good and musicianship is great. The general atmosphere is uplifting making this output specially recommended for a lazy Sunday afternoon where you may also admire your naked toes, play with the dog and still believe that humankind isn't doomed!

Some selected tracks are more noticeable than others, like the opener 'English sunset', a fine rock tune with some prog-like effects or 'Wherever you are' where the progressive index increases consistently thanks to the adequate orchestration. 'All that real is you' is a typical MB ballad that brings good remembrances of some 60s/70s band peaks.

The romantic 'Words you say' will certainly please loving hearts while 'My little lovely' is a catchy short track. 'Forever now' is another romantic song, supplied with clear arrangements, rock spices and cheesy vocals. 'This is the moment', one of the 2 bonus tracks will touch mainly those keen to musicals.

However, if my suggestion could be followed then take a listening to the pair 'The one' and 'The swallow', the highest album moment, definitely.

My final observation shouldn't be different: an album neatly good but not unforgettable: a plain and deserved 3-star rating.

Atkingani | 3/5 |


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