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The Moody Blues


Crossover Prog

3.32 | 215 ratings

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3 stars I'm a big fan of the old Moodies, and I just picked this up. Yes, most of the old prog groups streamlined their sound for the 80s. This album ain't bad at all. The opening track, The Voice, is definitely the highlight, a Hayward mystical romp that stands with the best of their old material. Talking out of Turn is a typical bright Lodge rocker, and In My World is a lovely (but perhaps overlong ballad). The ELO-ish hit Gemini Dream is atypical for the Moodies, but good fun if you're in the mood for it. Only Ray Thomas's closing trilogy of songs really turns me off... old-timers wistfully reflecting back on the glorious sixties doesn't really do it for me...too cute by far. All in all, though, it's a good-sounding album on which they hadn't adopted the overly-techno pop sound of their later 80s albums. Moodies fans will find a few things to cherish on this album. And fans of 80s Genesis, Yes and Asia should pick this up immediately.
Heptade | 3/5 |


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