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The Moody Blues


Crossover Prog

3.32 | 215 ratings

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2 stars After such a disastrous album ("Octave"), the Moodies could hardly produce a poorer work of course.

And while you listen to the opening number ("The Voice") you could almost believe that the band is back at their best level. But this feeling does not prevail for long. "Talking out of Turn" brings you back down to earth without any sweetness. One just falls down, down, down as hard as you could imagine...

If you can be enthusiast to hear some dreadful disco-ish song (just like ELO produced in the same period) you might LOVE "Gemini Dream". IMHHO, it is one of the best prototype of the Press NextT song. Dreadful, pitiful, whatever full you like.

At the end of the day, this album is not any better than its predecessor which means one star on my scale of rating. Just stay away from this one. To be honest.

At this time of their career, it was of course difficult to imagine that the Moodies would deliver a masterpiece, but such two poor albums in a row is difficult to imagine. Hence, they did it. Highlights are next to this album of course.

This "works" is only a collection of average (at best) songs. The only exception being the opening number as I have already mentioned. The Moodies pioneered the orchestrations combined to "rock" music in the late mid-sixties. They were superseded (IMHHO) by ELO a few years later (the early seventies). And they were willing to come back with style in the late seventies.

Needless to say that NO ONE needed this at the time (81). Sub, sub par and useless. Don't ever put any attention to this album. Waste of time, of money.

I am not as harsh as my fellow countryman Hughes, but the result of my analysis ends up on the same rating.

One star? Yes. There are no alternatives. Such a painful moment. This band is totally overrated IMO. Especially on a progressive music site. This album is only one more example of this. And the presence of Moraz doesn't add a single prog touch to this dreadful album.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


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