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A QUESTION OF BALANCE

The Moody Blues

 

Crossover Prog

3.45 | 197 ratings

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Alitare
3 stars A Question of Balance ? 1970 (3.2/5) 11 ? Best Song: How Is It

It's the trillionth concept, this one's about nature. Grab your party helmets, let's review a friggin' album!

It sucks. The end. That's not right. That was my old review of Disraeli Gears that I shelved due to lack of inspiration. A Question of Balance is a good album for the same reasons the last two records were good, and bad for the same reason too. It's folky pop rock with lush instrumentation and some good ol' singing. I sure like the singing, it makes me smile sometimes. 'How Is It' has a surprising and exciting electric guitar solo (mainly because I figured the band didn't know what an electric guitar was, let alone a nice, relatively minimalist solo there). It's another case where folks seem to love the album, but I can't find much more than warm, quaint nicety in the project. They keep forgetting to be important, dammit. Maybe they were so afraid of being called pretentious that they were intent on making music that only works as intimate background music for the discerning art-rock fan.

Each song has nearly the same structure. They're short, rather derivative pop rockers with harmonies and a few nice melodies. I don't care for the stupid whispering and percussion on 'Don't You Feel Small', but the flute and harmonies keep it from being a total bore. And can I take a little time to bitch some more about how much I hate 1960's psychedelic mush? The one tune gets any repeated playtime out of me is 'Melancholy Man', which is only the case because of the mood. Get it if you really enjoy the style, you probably will. Me, I don't play it very often, so whatever.

Alitare | 3/5 |

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