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IN SEARCH OF THE LOST CHORD

The Moody Blues

 

Crossover Prog

3.83 | 280 ratings

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Alitare
2 stars In Search of the Lost Chord ? 1968 (2.2/5) 7 ? Best Song: It don't matter, man

This is terribly vile. The band comes along and totally makes me forget about my nasty 1960's biases then, immediately following, they revel in why I still retain them. I'll be blunt: I despise flower power, and I hate the idea that simple, generic harmonies can make up for not having written intimately resonant and beautiful material in the first place. It was great at first, and it added a lot to the ideas some great artists had swimming in their skulls, but nobody needed it after 1966, and nobody needed a diluted rehash of it from a band who knew and could do better. That, my friends, is the introduction to In Search of the Lost Chord, and it contains everything I dislike openly about the record.

Now that we've dispensed with the niceties, let's get down to business. Not only did they forcibly remove the classical panache and style, they forgot what a solid, untrivial melody was and decided that 'Ride My See-Saw' is good so long as it has an electric guitar and someone playing maracas and a tambourine. That's the formula for a successful Psychedelic album as we all know. I don't see why they figured this was a swell idea. 'Dr. Livingston' is twee and naggingly insufficient. Perhaps I'm just jaded of the style and I can't see good psych when I see it, but maybe just maybe the songs aren't very good. This isn't truly a Moodies album, it's a silly man who accidentally recorded of Days of Future Passed with Please Please Me, the jokesters.

Alitare | 2/5 |

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