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The Moody Blues


Crossover Prog

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3 stars The eighth and final sojourn for Mike

Pleasant as this album is, I must admit I find I only ever listen to two tracks from it. "Steppin' in a slide zone" is one of those familiar up tempo Moody Blues songs which tends to open their albums (Like "The voice", "I know you're out there somewhere" etc.). Mike Pinder's keyboards (his final album with the band) help give the track an edge (a Graham Edge even!). It does sound somewhat familiar, but its good nonetheless.

"Driftwood" (no relation to the Travis track, although the two do have passing similarities) is one of those lovely Justin Hayward ballads, the sort which he does so well. It builds towards the brief "Don't leave me, driftwood, on the shore" chorus beautifully.

In truth, that's about all there is to get excited about here. The rest of the tracks smack a bit of going through the motions, the depth of the song writing being somewhat disappointing. Worth hearing for the two tracks highlighted, but that's all.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |


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