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SUR LA MER

The Moody Blues

 

Crossover Prog

2.41 | 87 ratings

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Easy Livin
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3 stars Ray Thomas - lost at sea?

With the flow of albums from the Moody Blues rapidly drying up, this 1988 album at least reassured us that they still had it.

The compete absence of Ray Thomas from the album is a disappointment. On previous albums his vocal backing, lead vocal on at least one track and occasional flute gave them a completeness which is perhaps missing here.

"Sur la mer" is very much a Hayward and Lodge album. Patrick Moraz is still present, but his contribution is to the overall sound, with virtually nothing up front at all from him.

The quality of the tracks is generally very good. The lead track, "I know you're out there somewhere" mirrors the gently rocking opening tracks to most of their albums, and stands as a classic MB song. "No more lies" is probably the best track, being a slower song in the style of "Melancholy man".

There are a few weaker tracks such a "Miracle" and "Breaking point", which are by-the-numbers MB songs, but in all a creditable Moody Blues album. Pity about the rather uninspired title and cover painting though.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |

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