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THE PRESENT

The Moody Blues

 

Crossover Prog

3.01 | 89 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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1 stars Tchak boum, tchack boum. Oh sorry it is "Blue World" I'm listening to. A truly awful opener. I just hope it won't be indicative about the whole of this album. The Moodies turning disco.

Well, well, well. Actually is seems to go like this for a while. I guess that prog disco won't be the next sub- genre on PA. Otherwise, this album might well be the most praised one. Such jewels like "Meet Me Halfway" is so close to the great Gibbs brothers. A great experience, believe me.

Another great one is "Sitting At The Wheel". I have even heard the word "disaster" in the lyrics. An excellent way to illustrate this masquerade. I really adore the sense of humour of some bands. Because, frankly to imagine such a title for a song is hilarious. Would you believe that the next one is called "Going Nowhere". Indeed.So far, so good : the press nextT exercise is almost an Olympic event by now. Some good parts on the keys from Moraz (but frankly, what is he doing in here).

And all of a sudden, a pleasant and proggy instrumental. Less then two minutes relief with "Hole In The World". But don't worry, it will not last for long. Dullness strikes hard again. Under My Feet is a syrupy and totally uninspired tune. On par with the poorest "ELO" stuff if you see what I mean.

Under these circumstances, the ballad "It's Cold Outside." sounds almost good. Yes! A good ballad just like in the good old days. What happened here? How comes that censorship let this happen? A mystery.

And actually, "Running Water" is also of the same mould. Melancholic as they could have been ages ago. Not a phenomenal song but after such a pain, it is another pleasant song.

Total of ten average minutes of OK music for almost thirty of misery. Do the math. Mine equals to one star. I consider this as a useless effort. To say the least and to remain polite. And they must have close remationship with the Monty Python: imagine that the last title of the album is called: "Sorry". One does not invent those details. They must have done it on purpose!

ZowieZiggy | 1/5 |

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