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ON THE THRESHOLD OF A DREAM

The Moody Blues

 

Crossover Prog

3.77 | 346 ratings

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thellama73
3 stars I have a hard time understanding why this album is rated so highly here. Now don't get me wrong, I think the Moody Blues are a great band, but this album suffers from some serious flaws.

The songs are, in general, pretty good, with Here Comes The Day and the ending suite standing out as just plain gorgeous, but there are really no stinkers (although To Share Our Love sounds a bit too much like a garage band jam when compared to the carefully arranged work typical of the Moodies.). The problem is not with the songs themselves, but rather with the way they are assembled.

Here is what bothers me: not one of the songs here has an ending. They don't even cheat by using fade outs. The music will be chugging along nicely and then BAM it is abruptly cut off and now a different song, with a completely different tempo and different key is playing. I find this effect very jarring, and it makes the album sound like a schizophrenic mess, almost like a collection of outtakes. Maybe this is what they were going for, but it drives me crazy whenever I listen to it, because there is no sense of flow. I find In Search of The Lost Chord to be a far more enjoyable listening experience. Good, but not essential.

thellama73 | 3/5 |

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