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KEYS OF THE KINGDOM

The Moody Blues

 

Crossover Prog

2.80 | 53 ratings

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3 stars "And the wheel keeps on turning"

A comparatively recent release from the band, who by this time were somewhat less prolific than in their earlier years.

Overall, "Keys of the Kingdom" is a pretty good offering, with some tracks which stand up well alongside the band's classic works and some which are simply Moodies-by-the-numbers.

On the plus side, "Bless the wings that bring you back" is a powerful mid-paced track, which affords Patrick Moraz slightly more than the usual exposure he enjoys with the band. The keyboards have a very modern, almost synthetic sound, more akin to a melodic rock band than a prog one.

"Celtic Sonnet", which Ray Thomas composed and takes lead vocals on, is a traditional sounding air, with a simple but infectious chorus. Once again not exactly prog, in fact this is more like Runrig(!), but pleasant and enjoyable.

"Never blame the rainbows for the rain" will never win any progressive rock song of the year awards, since it is a pretty straight forward ballad. This Ray Thomas/Justin Hayward song strikes a chord with me though, both in terms of the quality of the song, and its performance, it is quite beautiful.

By the time of this album, any remaining suggestions of the Moody Blues being innovative or indeed prog, had long since gone. It is however a quality product, containing much to enjoy.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |

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